Precocious Puberty or Early Puberty: How to Manage
What is Precocious Puberty?
Puberty is a time when the girl and boy mature sexually. In females, this happens between the age of 12 to 16. In males, this happens between 14 to 18 years. The first sign of puberty in the female is breast development. Other signs include hair in the armpit, pubic hair, the onset of menstruation, growth spurt and widening of hips.
But if signs of puberty start appearing above the age of 8 in girls and change their child’s body into an adult one this is known as precocious puberty. The same way boys can also become a victim of precocious puberty if signs of puberty, such as pubic hairs, darkening of the scrotum, increased size of the penis and testis, the appearance of facial hair, which sign of puberty that develops in later age, underarm hair, increased sweating, deepening of the voice and growth spurt appears at or before age of 9 years.
Early puberty is more common in today’s girls. And it is not a good thing. Early puberty may result in short stature, stress, behavioral problems and also may increase the risk of breast cancer.
What Causes Precocious Puberty?
Research is going to find the cause of precocious puberty. However, changing lifestyle, environmental chemicals, heavy metals, obesity, any exposure to external sources of BPA, testosterone or estrogen may be considered responsible for it.
Management of Precocious Puberty
Once your doctor confirms that your child has become a victim of precocious puberty there are a few steps you need to take to slow down the precocious or early puberty. Below we have mentioned natural ways to do so.
Natural Ways to Slow Down Precocious Puberty
As we have mentioned earlier that exposure to heavy metals may be a cause of early puberty so our first step should be to detox the child’s body from heavy metals. You need to remove heavy metals such as mercury from the body of a child. Natural ways to do so is to give your child chlorella and cilantro. Both are known as chelating agents as they get bind with the heavy metals and removes them out of the body. Give your child about 9 to 24 grams of chlorella and cilantro daily. You may add these two to your child’s salad.
Estrogen dominates kids during puberty. BPA is a compound that mimics estrogen and may result in easy puberty. Probiotics may help in minimizing the symptoms of early puberty. The easiest source of probiotics is yogurt. Other sources are sourdough bread, a sour pickle, and soft cheese.
It has been found that girls who are facing a deficiency of Vitamin D most likely suffers from early puberty. So add sources of Vitamin D to your child’s diet, such as fatty fish, egg yolk, yogurt and soy milk.
Replace Cow’s Milk with Powdered Whey-
Cow’s milk is rich in pseudo estrogen and also in heavy metals. If your doctor confirms that your child is showing the signs of early puberty better give thin powdered whey, rice milk, cashew, and almonds to ensure your child is getting an adequate amount of protein. Also look for other sources of vitamin D and calcium such as sunlight, fatty fish, broth, beef and egg yolk.
Besides the above natural ways to slow down the puberty signs, what a child needs the most is your support. So love and support your child.
How to Prevent Precocious Puberty
To avoid Precocious Puberty Take Care of Following Points:
- Avoid foods that are hormone laden.
- Eat organic vegetables and foods.
- Encourage your kids to be active.
- Do not allow your child to chew plastic toys.
- Give your child only filtered water to drink.
- Limit the intake of refined sugars and processed foods.
- Avoid heating food in microwave even in BPA free cooking vessels. Use stainless steel, cupper and cast iron utensils for cooking.
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