Everything you need to know about precocious puberty!

1. What is Early Puberty?

Early Puberty is the onset of puberty before the age of 8 for girls and before the age of 9 for boys. In other words, it is the beginning of breast growth before the age of 8 in girls and the start of growth of the testicles before the age of 9 in boys. Puberty can also rarely begin with pubic hair. Especially early puberty is more common in girls and is less common in boys.

2. Why Is Early Adolescence More Common?

Precocious puberty has been increasing in the world and in our country in recent years. With the change in nutrition and living conditions, obesity and endocrine system
Precocious puberty is more common with increased exposure to substances that disrupt work.
When the conditions that cause early puberty are examined, a serious cause is not found in the majority of children (75-90%), and it is revealed that “idiopathic”, that is, “the cause is not clear”. For this reason, the family should notice the situation and seek diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible.
It is important to take him to the endocrine center. Increasing childhood obesity also increases the likelihood of precocious puberty. Because the increased estrogen in obese children accelerates the development of puberty. Therefore, prevention of obesity in the childhood age group will also be beneficial for early adolescence. On the other hand, obesity is a factor that reduces the success of early adolescence treatment in children with precocious puberty.

3. What Happens in Children with Precocious Adolescence?

Breast enlargement, armpit and pubic hair growth, acceleration of height growth, acne, lubrication of hair, odor of sweat, enlargement of penis and/or testicles, behavioral changes and vaginal discharge are the main findings of precocious puberty. Detection of one of these findings in a child at an early age (before the age of 8 in girls and before the age of 9 in boys) should be a warning to the family. Children with early puberty may also have headaches, vomiting, seizures, drinking a lot of water, urinating a lot and vision problems. It is also very important when these complaints occur and how fast they progress. Because the first indication of a serious underlying disease may be early puberty.

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