What is precocious puberty?

Also known as: Early puberty, accelerated puberty

Puberty is the beginning of sexual maturation and the ability to reproduce. Precocious puberty is the earlier than normal presence of the signs of puberty (before 8 years of age in girls, and before 9 years in boys).

Signs of early puberty:

  • Development of breasts
  • Increased growth of testes and penis
  • Pubic hair
  • Underarm hair
  • Facial hair (in boys)
  • Body odor
  • Menstrual bleeding
  • Acne
  • Deepening voice in boys
  • Mood swings
  • Increased growth rate.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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