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What should you do if you think your child has precocious puberty?

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Parents who think their child has precocious puberty should see their pediatrician. Treating the condition can put puberty on hold until the appropriate age. Often puberty simply starts early for no apparent medical reason.

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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