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GIRLS are starting to hit puberty at the age of THREE.
Shocked doctors blame hormones in food and water for some British toddlers showing signs of breast growth.
Other pre-school youngsters even experience periods that normally start in their teens – and have temper tantrums just like adolescents.
The phenomenon is feared to have become more common since the 1990s – with doctors having to give increasing numbers of tots jabs to keep puberty at bay.
Originally posted by andy1033
Remember guys, the sun is a tabloid, but if true, do not know what to say.
Originally posted by bigbert81
We NEED to have stricter guidelines on what these companies put in our food.
Early pubic hair, breast, or genital development may result from natural early maturation or from several other conditions.
* Early puberty which is natural in every way except age is termed idiopathic central precocious puberty. It may be partial or transient. Central puberty can also occur prematurely if the inhibitory system of the brain is damaged, or a hypothalamic hamartoma produces pulsatile gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH).
* Secondary sexual development induced by sex steroids from other abnormal sources (gonadal or adrenal tumors, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, etc.) is referred to as peripheral precocious puberty or precocious pseudopuberty...........
Girls who are obese are more likely to physically mature earlier. Precocious puberty can make a child able to conceive when very young; the youngest mother on record is Lina Medina, who gave birth at the age of 5 years, 7 months and 21 days. An 8 year old boy had early puberty caused by a malignant intracranial germ cell tumor.
The role of the pineal gland in reproduction of other species of vertebrate suggest that the pineal gland does have significance in development and function of human reproductive axis. In a study using neonatal melatonin on rats, results suggest that elevated melatonin could be responsible for some cases of early puberty.
Sometimes, precocious puberty stems from a structural problem in the brain (such as a tumor), brain injury due to head trauma, an infection (such as meningitis), or a problem in the ovaries or thyroid gland that triggers the onset of puberty ahead of schedule - but this usually isn't the case.
For the majority of girls, there's no underlying medical problem - they simply start puberty too early for no known reason. In boys, the condition is less common, and more likely to be associated with an underlying medical problem than it is in girls.
In about 5% of boys, precocious puberty is inherited. Starting puberty early can be passed to the son from the father or to the son from the maternal grandfather through the mother (who will not be affected by the disorder). But less than 1% of girls affected by precocious puberty have inherited the condition.
Sometimes precocious puberty is the result of a structural problem in the brain that triggers puberty to begin too early. There are many conditions that may lead to precocious puberty, such as:
* Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
* McCune-Albright syndrome
* Gonadal (testicles or ovaries) or adrenal gland disorders or tumors
* hCG-secreting tumors
* Hypothalamic hamartoma
Originally posted by harddrive21
Girls Age 3 Hitting Puberty : Hormones In Food and Water to Blame
doctors having to give increasing numbers of tots jabs to keep puberty at bay.