What is Precocious Puberty?
Precocious puberty is defined as the onset of puberty. Precocious puberty is considered the beginning of the symptoms of puberty before 8 years of age in girls and 9 years in boys. In girls, the symptoms are breast buds, and in males, testicles grow. Especially today, with the increase of hormone foods, it causes the age of puberty to fall.
According to the results of researches on precocious puberty, the teenage age in the whole world now falls from 16 to 11-12. In recent research in the United States, the rate of precocious puberty for girls is reported at 14 percent.
What is Precocious Puberty symptoms?
Indications such as breast development, breast budding, pubic hair growth in the genital area or armpits, growth of the testicles in the boys, hair growth in the genital or subarachnoid space, acceleration of the growth of both cinstes, skin grease and pimples are all indicative of the onset of puberty. A 3-year-old girl may develop chest development for different reasons, but should not be interpreted as precocious puberty if other symptoms do not appear and bone age is normal. A child’s endocrinologist needs to be seen to understand that children who start breast or pubescence before the age of 8 have entered precocious puberty.
How can Precocious Puberty be treated?
Before treatment begins, it is necessary to investigate whether there is any underlying cause. In 15% of all cases there is a reason for premature puberty. If there is a hormone-releasing tumor such as a brain tumor or ovarian tumor, surgical treatment is needed. If there is no cause of premature puberty, sex hormone suppression drug treatment is being applied. The aim of the treatment is to stop the pubertal findings and to control the accompanying rapid growth and to increase the height potential that the child can reach in adulthood.