Why does my 9 year old daughter have pubic hair?

Hormonal basis
It is normal for production of these hormones to increase (something we call adrenarche) and for pubic hair to appear after age 8 in girls or 9 in boys.

Is my 9 year old daughter starting puberty?

Girls usually begin puberty between the ages of 8 and 13 years old. The earliest sign of puberty in most girls is the development of breast "buds," nickel-sized bumps under the nipple. It is not unusual for breast growth to start on one side before the other.

At what age does a girl start getting pubic hair?

In years past, girls typically began puberty at age 10 or 11. But a study published three years ago in the journal Pediatrics suggested that it's now normal for girls of 7 (if they're African-American) or 8 (if they're white) to have breast and pubic hair development.

What causes early pubic hair growth in girls?

Premature pubarche, or the development of pubic hair before the age of 8 in girls or 9 in boys, is most commonly caused by premature adrenarche. Adrenarche is the maturation of the adrenal zona reticularis in both boys and girls, resulting in the development of pubic hair, axillary hair, and adult apocrine body odor.

Does pubic hair mean start of puberty?

Pubic hair will start growing along the labia and will gradually become thicker, curlier, and cover a larger area of the vulva. In the final stages of puberty, pubic hair may grow around the top of the thighs. Females will usually begin their period roughly 2 years after their breasts have started to grow.

Raw interview with Dr. Sureka Bollepalla about early puberty in children

What are signs of puberty for a girl?

As girls move through this stage, typically between ages 9½ and 14:
  • The breasts continue budding.
  • Pubic and underarm hair begins to grow. Genital hair darkens, coarsens and covers more of the genitals.
  • A growth spurt of more than 3 inches per year occurs.
  • The skin becomes oilier, and acne develops.

What foods cause early puberty?

High protein intake elevates IGF-1 levels and promotes growth, which could accelerate the onset of puberty. Poor diet. Children with lower-nutrient diets tend to enter puberty earlier. A diet rich in processed foods and meats, dairy, and fast food is disruptive to normal physical development.

How do I slow down my adrenarche?

How is Premature Adrenarche Treated? There is no treatment that will cause the pubic and/or underarm hair to disappear. Medications that slow down the progression of true precocious puberty have no effect on the adrenal hormones made in children with premature adrenarche.

What is precocious puberty How is it treated?

For central precocious puberty, medications called GnRH analogs are the standard treatment. They work by blocking the hormones coming from the pituitary gland that trigger puberty. Most children who need treatment get these medicines as injections or implants.

Should my 9 year old have pubic hair?

Adrenarche is usually normal in girls who are at least 8 years old, and boys who are at least 9 years old. Even when pubic and underarm hair appear in children younger than this, it is still usually nothing to worry about, but your child does need to see their pediatrician for an exam.

Is it normal for a 9 year old to have a period?

When do periods start? Most young people will have their first periods when they're between 11 and 14½, but anywhere from 9-16 years is considered normal.

What causes precocious puberty?

What causes precocious puberty? It may be caused by tumors or growths on the ovaries, adrenal glands, pituitary gland, or brain. Other causes may include central nervous system problems, family history of the disease, or certain rare genetic syndromes. In many cases, no cause can be found for the disorder.

At what age should you talk to your daughter about periods?

If your child doesn't ask questions about periods, you can bring it up. By the time they're 6 or 7 years old, most kids can understand the basics of periods. Look for a natural moment to talk about it, such as: when kids asks about puberty or changing bodies.

What age should you talk to your daughter about puberty?

If you haven't already, start the talk early.

By the time a girl is 8 years old, she should know what bodily changes are associated with puberty. That may seem young, but consider this: some early bloomers are already wearing training bras at that age.

At what age can a boy get a girl pregnant?

Boys are able to get a girl pregnant when they begin to produce sperm in their semen. This generally begins when they start puberty, which can be from ages 11 to 14. Until puberty begins, males are unable to get a female pregnant.

What is adrenarche caused by?

What causes premature adrenarche? Premature adrenarche is caused when the adrenal gland begins secreting sex hormones called androgens earlier than normal. In most cases, it's not that more androgen is being made, it's that the standard amount is being made earlier than normal.

How long will adrenarche last?

Check this out: There's a bodily change called “adrenarche” that all kids go through between the ages of 6-8 years old. It's a hormonal change that sets the stage for puberty a few years down the road.

What age is adrenarche?

Adrenarche refers to a maturational increase in the secretion of adrenal androgen precursors (AAPs) in mid-childhood, occurring typically at around 5-8 years of age.

How can I stop precocious puberty?

Can precocious puberty be prevented? Most cases of early puberty cannot be prevented. Limiting your child's exposure to reproductive hormones from outside sources may prevent precocious puberty. These sources may include estrogen or testosterone creams, lotions, or other medications.

What happens if precocious puberty is not treated?

When puberty ends, growth in height stops. Because their skeletons mature and bone growth stops at an earlier age than normal, kids with precocious puberty that's not treated usually don't reach their full adult height potential. Their early growth spurt may make them initially tall when compared with their peers.

What are the consequences of early puberty?

Among adolescent girls, early puberty is associated with more depressive disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders and disruptive behavior disorders. Of those disorders, "the clearest and most consistent link is between early puberty and depression in girls," Graber says.

Can a 9 year old be hormonal?

But it's perfectly normal for puberty to begin at any point between the ages of 8 and 13 in girls and 9 and 14 in boys. There's not usually any need to worry if puberty does not start around the average age, but it's a good idea to speak to your GP for advice if it starts before 8 or has not started by around 14.

What is the second stage of puberty for a girl?

The second stage of puberty generally occurs when a girl is 11 or 12 years old. Breasts begin to enlarge, or "bud." As the areola darkens and rises and some transitional breast tissue forms, buds develop.

What is the earliest age for puberty?

For girls, puberty usually starts around age 11. But it can start as early as age 6 or 7. For boys, puberty begins around age 12. It can start as early as age 9.
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