Early Puberty: What Parents Should Know!

When you think about puberty, pre-teens and pimples may come to mind. But sometimes it starts too early and can leave parents and children unprepared.

Puberty usually starts between the ages of 8 to 13 in girls, and 9 to 15 in boys. Any sooner than that is a sign of a condition called precocious puberty. Precocious puberty is 10 times more common in girls than boys and is also more common in African American and Hispanic children. 

Talk to your pediatrician if you suspect early puberty in your child because it can be physically and emotionally difficult for kids, and it can also be a sign of other health problems. Most times the cause is simply the result of the speeding up of the normal sexual development process. Other times it may be because of abnormally high levels of hormones in the body. This can be caused by an abnormal growth in the brain, ovaries, or testicles – or an issue with the pituitary or adrenal glands. 

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