Early Puberty Directory
Early (precocious) puberty in girls occurs before age 8 and in boys before age 9. Signs of early puberty include body hair growth, body odor, acne, growth spurts, and more. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about what causes early puberty, how to cope, and more.
What Is Central Precocious Puberty?
Learn about adult development that happens sooner -- perhaps years earlier -- than expected.
What Parents Need to Know About Early Puberty
Seeing signs of early puberty in your child can be worrisome. WebMD provides some basic facts about the causes of precocious puberty and how it might affect your child.
Talking to Your Pediatrician About Early Puberty
WebMD explains the signs of early puberty in your child -- and what to ask his or her doctor if you are concerned.
Blossoming Too Early?
American girls are reaching puberty younger than ever.
Diagnosing and Treating Early Puberty
Understanding what doctors look for in diagnosing early puberty and what treatments can stop it.
Helping Your Child Cope With Precocious Puberty
Tips on helping a child with early puberty understand their developing body.
Tips for Talking With Your Daughter
Talking with your teenage daughter about important topics should start years before she reaches adolescence. Here are tips to get started.
Menstruation and the First Period: What Girls Should Know
This article helps parents talk to their daughters about a girl’s first period.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Stages of Puberty
See what to expect as your child goes through puberty. Find out about the changes you'll see including growth spurts, acne, and more.
Slideshow: Girl to Woman: Your Changing Body During Puberty
See these signs of puberty for young girls. Find out what happens during puberty including acne, breast changes, growth spurts, and more.