Precocious (Early) Puberty Symptoms

Normally, girls reach puberty at the age of 11 and boys at the age of 13 according to the experts. However, the pre-adolescent age is seen in girls at 8 years of age, and in boys, before they’re 9. Children who reach puberty experience physical changes as well as emotional changes. Some sentences of children are the signs of reaching puberty.

Understand that I am not a child anymore.

Why can’t I do whatever I want just like everybody else?

You have no right to interfere with me.

I want to be alone, go away.

Do not tell me when to study.

Why no one understands me?

No one is aware of my existence.

All of these sentences are considered as pre-puberty signs. Parents of children who reach puberty will not deny these signs.

Among the causes of early puberty determined by specialists are brain tumours, hydrocephalus during birth (the filling of the brain tissue with the brain fluid), meningitis, or inflammation of the brain. In order to understand why child has reached puberty early, the factor that caused it must be figured out. In addition, vitamins or hormone pills used by the child are considered to be some of the factors. When compared to boys, girls are more likely to reach puberty early. Children with obesity are at the high risk of reaching puberty early.


How do you know when the child has entered early puberty?

Puberty is the period when reproductive functions increase, muscles and bones develop rapidly, body shape changes. The most obvious effect of entering the pre-puberty is to grow taller. It is also possible, if the child is taller than his/her peers. When child grows taller rapidly, ossification point closes and so child stops growing taller.

In children who entered puberty early, puberty blocker treatment can be preferred and so children can keep growing taller. The children who reach puberty experience emotional, mental and social changes as well as physical. Children experience emotional changes may develop various concerns. Along with physical changes and development they are concerned about their appearances, their school success, and if their school grades fall. Also, they may have the fear of their mother ‘s or father’s death. They are concerned about going under tyranny depending on external factors. Another fears might be autophobia or not being able to make friends. While some children are worried about these, some children don’t even have concerns during puberty.


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