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Should parents worry about early puberty?

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Symptoms that might seem like early puberty are often unrelated and resolve on their own.

But if your child shows signs of early puberty, they should be checked by a pediatric endocrinologist.

You shouldn't view precocious puberty as something bad and fearful. When a doctor and parents decide treatment is necessary, it's usually quite effective. Most kids with signs of early puberty do fine, medically, psychologically, and socially.

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

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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