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Precocious puberty

  • Alternative Names

    Pubertas praecox


    Medications can stop the release of sexual hormones. Some tumors need to be removed with surgery.

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    Expectations (prognosis)


    Children who go through puberty too early may not reach their full height because growth stops too early.

    Children with early sexual development are more likely to have psychological and social problems. Children and adolescents generally want to be the same as their peers, and early sexual development can make them appear different. This can result in self-esteem problems, depression, acting out at school and home, and abuse of alcohol and illegal substances.

    Calling your health care provider

    See your health care provider if:

    • Your child shows signs of precocious puberty
    • Any child with early sexual development appears to be having social problems in school