CPP can affect your child both physically and emotionally. As their parent, you probably feel alarmed and unsure about what to do if your child starts puberty earlier than you expected. If you notice any signs of puberty occurring too soon, speak with your child’s pediatrician as soon as possible. If diagnosed with CPP, the sooner a child starts treatment, the sooner the progression of puberty may be stopped.
Children with CPP may go through an early growth spurt and be taller than their peers. This is because their bones mature more quickly than normal. Their growth plates close too early, and unfortunately, they often stop growing earlier, too. If CPP is not treated, they may not reach their projected adult height.
The child can feel very self-conscious or embarrassed about physical changes because their friends and peers are not experiencing the same changes. They may withdraw and feel lonely and isolated from their friends. They may also worry more about their body shape and weight than their peers do.
When children experience physical changes that accompany early puberty, they can be at greater risk of behavioral and social problems. Studies show that children who start puberty earlier tend to engage more in antisocial behavior. The child may also suffer from symptoms of depression or anxiety.