The growth and changes in our bodies are part of everyone’s life, although some of these changes are much more drastic and noticeable, such as childhood and all its transition to adolescence and adulthood. As a result, parents do not know what to do when there is a change out of time or that was not expected. This is what happens, many times, with the early adrenarche , which occurs in some children and generates several doubts in many parents.
The development of a child goes through several phases until it reaches puberty, but it is normally expected that puberty starts to occur between 12 and 13 years old , although some time ago the age for this type of change was considered between 15 and 16 years old. years old.
The early adrenarche can be a sign that the child is having an early puberty, which needs to be treated by a specialist doctor so that there is no problem in the child’s development.
But in order to understand clearly what it is and what the effects of the early adrenarche are on someone’s body, we need to talk more deeply about each of these aspects.
What is Early Adrenarch?
A child having an early adrenal gland is one of the signs that he may be having an early puberty. This is because the early adrenarche is nothing more than the growth of pubic and axillary hair before the moment considered normal , as well as the high production of sweat.
In other words, it is considered early adrenarche when there is the appearance of hair at 8 years old in girls and 9 years old in boys . It is important to be aware and see if your children do not have any of these symptoms, as they may indicate signs of early puberty and may need treatment.
Main Symptoms of Early Adrenarch
Some symptoms can be identified and pointed out as early adrenarche, the main ones being:
- The appearance of pubic hair before the age of 9;
- The appearance of many pimples on the child’s face;
- High sweat production before age 9;
- Axillary odor;
- Increased oiliness on the skin;
- The appearance of underarm hair
It is not known exactly why, but early adrenarche appears more frequently in Afro-descendant girls , but it can appear in both sexes and in people of any ethnicity. It is also necessary to pay attention if these signs are occurring in isolation, so as not to confuse early adrenarche with precocious puberty.
How does Early Adrenarch occur?
Early adrenarche occurs when androgen production is much higher than normal and earlier than it should be producing. The causes for this to occur are not yet fully known, although, as we have already mentioned, the early adrenaline affects many more girls than boys.
How to Act If Your Child Has Early Adrenarch?
The first step to take when you notice that your child has any of these symptoms is to take her to the doctor for an evaluation and for the diagnosis to be made.
It is very common for parents to be frightened when they encounter some of these symptoms and feel afraid that their child will have something serious. Early adrenarche is not a cause for panic, it can be treated and controlled so that there is no change in the child’s growth.
There is also the child’s side in this story, as these changes occurring in his body so early can generate several doubts, in addition to making him embarrassed many times, which can lead the child to develop psychosocial problems .
The role of two parents here is to talk to the child and explain what is going on, that this is a normal process, but one that requires treatment. It is important to speak without showing any kind of fear, so that the child feels good and safe with the situation.
Treatment for Early Adrenarch
Early adrenarche is a benign manifestation, that is, it presents no danger to the child . In fact, what we call the treatment itself for early adrenarche is more inclined to be called guidance.
This is because medicines or therapies are not used in any way so that the effects stop manifesting. The doctor may recommend the use of some products as deodorants to control the odor in the child’s armpits. Puberty is also expected to appear a little earlier in children who have an early adrenal gland, but nothing that parents should be concerned about.
She must be in constant observation from both parents and the doctor to make sure that no other symptoms are appearing and that she is not experiencing early puberty, which may require another treatment and offer different risks to the child’s health.
Although we have undergone several transformations throughout our lives, not all of them arrive at the time we expect or the way we hope many times. Even so, in cases like the early adrenarche it is very important that we pay attention to the changes and transformations that our children’s bodies are going through.
Especially because, as we have already seen here, these transformations often require some types of treatments so that there are no bad consequences in their lives and that they do not affect them in the future. Problems can always arise with the children, but if we pay attention, most of them can be solved if we take proper care.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.