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What conditions can be mistaken for early puberty?

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Other conditions might look like early puberty to parents -- and sometimes even to pediatricians -- but aren't.

Premature thelarche is early breast development at a young age. It often appears in girls who are just a few years old.

Premature pubarche is the early development of some pubic or underarm hair at an early age. It can be caused by premature adrenarche, when the adrenal glands start releasing hormones early.

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eMedicine: "Precocious Puberty."

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Cesario, S. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, May/June 2007.

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Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on July 31, 2020

SOURCES:

Carel, J. Pediatrics, April 2009.

eMedicine: "Precocious Puberty."

Ahmed M. Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2009.

Carel J. New England Journal of Medicine, May 29, 2008.

Cesario, S. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, May/June 2007.

The Hormone Foundation: "Hormones & You."

eMedicine: "Precocious Pseudo-Puberty."

Aksglaede L. Pediatrics, May 2009.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: "Endocrine Disrupting Effects of BPA on Puberty and Estrogen Cycles."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on July 31, 2020

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