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What questions should parents ask their child's pediatrician about precocious puberty?

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The following questions can help parents get the conversation started.

  • What tests are you going to use to determine if my child has precocious puberty?
  • Do you see any signs to suggest this is caused by a tumor or some other medical condition?
  • What options are available to treat this condition?
  • What are the side effects?
  • How long do you recommend my child stay on this treatment?
  • How will I know if the treatment is working or not working?
  • What local services are available to help me support my child’s emotional well-being?

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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