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Causes and Symptoms of Precocious Puberty

The medical term for puberty occurring at unusually early age is Precocious puberty. Kids find emotionally and physically disturbed by such developments and can be the sign of underlying problems in the body. Precocious means development at an early stage.

Causes and Symptoms of Precocious Puberty

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What is Precocious puberty?

Children develop physical and emotional maturity during the adolescence to become young men and women. Puberty happens around 10 years of age for girls and 12 years of age for boys. Have we ever thought what will happen if a 5 year old girl begins to show the sing of puberty? Will it affect her or not?

The medical term for puberty occurring at unusually early age is Precocious puberty. Kids find emotionally and physically disturbed by such developments and can be the sign of underlying problems in the body. Precocious means development at an early stage.

Precocious puberty can adversely affect the social behaviour and psychological development of the kids and results in long-term health risks.

Signs of precocious puberty

Signs of precocious puberty are very similar to normal puberty and the difference is that if starts at a very early age.

In girls, the breasts start to develop along with pubic or underarm hair. A growth spurt or rapid increase in height occurs as the menstruation starts to set in (menarche). Acne can be seen to appear on the face and mature body odour is due to the secretion of oil glands in the skin.

In boys, the signs of precocious puberty includes enlargement of testicles and penis. Body hairs develop, especially in the pubic, underarms and face. Rapid growth with deepening of voice can be noted. Like normal adolescence, boys having precocious puberty develop acne on the face and sweat smells like matured.

What are the reasons that cause precocious puberty? Is there any treatment for it? What are the social implications of precocious puberty? The age of youngest mother is 5 years, how can a 5 year kid deliver a baby?

Let me try to address all the above questions along with the care for children with precocious puberty in my next article, which will be a continuation of this one….

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  1. interesting share..

  2. How disturbing it would be for a five-year-old to undergo puberty, let alone bear a child. Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. Must-read for all…

  4. This is very informative, specially for parents with growing up kids. nice share

  5. That was very interesting and yet disturbing at the same time.
    Interesting Thou.

  6. Nice baby. Congratz!

  7. How disturbing is right! I have read studies that claim obesity leads to precocious puberty.

  8. Nice info! The first picture is bad!

  9. Oh 5 years and already mother — Very scary and sympathising indeed

  10. Good Post

  11. That is very upsetting, how can a five year old child takes care of her baby when she too needs to be taken care of? I think I should watch out for the part two. Good topic.

  12. Nice Share.

  13. I remember my puberty as a troubled time with conflctiong emotions and sexual feelings great article. LB

  14. Excellent share! :)

  15. Pretty disturbing. It’s really abnormal for 5 year old who get pregnant.

  16. You have me waiting.

  17. great share! thanks!

  18. so sad to see that pic…. but this write is fantastic, so don’t know to frown or smile now..

    :)
    but this is for you Doc

  19. An informative article with very funny pics. I can’t imagine a 5 year old already going through all of this.

  20. This is something new to me … We’ll be waiting for the causes and treatment for this condition. Thanks.

  21. great article

  22. Nice share

  23. Another professional write. Very informative. Thank you.

  24. Awesome article!

  25. very interesting… i was shocked about the 5 year old. puberty strikes children so early this days…

  26. Interesting post. Will wait for the next part.

  27. Interesting topic. It’s shocking to hear that the age of youngest mother is 5 years. Precocious puberty makes the involved kids frustrated. Look forward to reading your next article. Well done. Keep going.

  28. How did that 5 year old get pregnant? Not enough molestors are being arrested?

  29. Interesting one Doc cheers

  30. It is disturbing. A young child isn’t mature enough to handle it.

  31. First time I’ve heard of it. Glad you raised the awareness.
    Enjoy the weekend.

  32. Nice one!

  33. I was not aware of this condition. Thanks for the article!

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