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What happens to your bones if you have precocious puberty?

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Bones matures during puberty, and when puberty starts early, the growth spurt begins and ends sooner than normal. At first, children with precocious puberty tower over their friends who haven’t started to grow. But within a few years, they may be among the shortest in their class. Diagnosing the condition early can help the child’s growth return to the appropriate pre-precocious rate.

SOURCES:

Herman-Giddens, M. April 1997. Pediatrics,

Blondell, R. July 1999. American Family Physician,

Herman-Giddens, M. April 2004. Pediatrics,

Wellberry, C. January 2003. Pediatrics,

National Research Center for Women & Families: “Boys to Men.”

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "Precocious Puberty.” 

The Magic Foundation: “Precocious Puberty.”

KidsHealth from Nemours: “Precocious Puberty.”

Child Growth Foundation: “Puberty and Tanner Stages.”

HealthyChildren: “When Puberty Starts Early.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Herman-Giddens, M. April 1997. Pediatrics,

Blondell, R. July 1999. American Family Physician,

Herman-Giddens, M. April 2004. Pediatrics,

Wellberry, C. January 2003. Pediatrics,

National Research Center for Women & Families: “Boys to Men.”

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "Precocious Puberty.” 

The Magic Foundation: “Precocious Puberty.”

KidsHealth from Nemours: “Precocious Puberty.”

Child Growth Foundation: “Puberty and Tanner Stages.”

HealthyChildren: “When Puberty Starts Early.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on June 25, 2019

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