Early Puberty is the onset signs of puberty before 9 years of age. Such a condition, the signs of which are not so common in children, does not only affect the child physically but emotionally also.
More and more families are finding themselves in this strange situation now a days as their children start showing signs of puberty at an age of 7 or 8 years. With parents being clueless about the situation, hormonal changes at early age can disturb the child’s psychology because he or she might not be ready for it. The girls start developing breasts or start having menstrual cycles. The boys on the other hand start having high hair growth or matured voice.
Apart from the physical changes during puberty some important emotional aspects are also worth discussion. In a report appeared on Puberty.com, parents of such children keep grappling with the doubts over normalcy of the child. One study found that signs of early puberty were happening across Europe, although country-level differences persisted.
Alisha (name changed), a last year student at Amity School of Biotechnology says, “The causes of most precocious puberty cases remain unknown. While many of the cases are attributed to excess weight gain or (paradoxically) improved nutrition, exposures to phthalates and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals have also been implicated as possible risk factors. The limited data shows that the worldwide incidences of precocious puberty have increased and the age of pubertal changes has decreased over the past two decades.”
Naima (name changed) says, “Other than dying, I think early puberty is probably about as rough as it gets.”
Natasha says, “What happens when children reach puberty earlier and adulthood later? The answer is: a good deal of teenage weirdness. I definitely suffered from stage fright. I had to work really hard to come out of my shell. As a child, I was not very loud but I loved performing in front of people. But I got conscious because puberty hit me early and then I became very shy and self-conscious.
All we can do is to make the child understand that everyone will go through the same changes, but that they happen earlier in some and later in others.
Encouragement to the child to take part in regular physical or social activities and give them window to discuss their worries and concerns with the parents can really help them.