The pediatrician knows your child’s medical history. If you notice any signs or symptoms of puberty occurring too soon, speak with your child’s pediatrician. Let them know your concerns. The pediatrician will review your child’s and family’s medical history.
If your pediatrician thinks your child may have central precocious puberty, or CPP, they may refer you to a pediatric endocrinologist.
They are specialists who focus on the treatment of hormone-related conditions in children.
The pediatric endocrinologist may perform some or all of the tests below. They will also do a full physical exam.
Once all the tests are complete, they will review the results and make a proper diagnosis.
If you’ve seen the pediatrician, the next step is to see a pediatric endocrinologist for a diagnosis. If you haven’t seen a pediatric endocrinologist, ask your pediatrician for a referral. Trust your instincts and make sure you get a diagnosis. Half of all children with CPP are diagnosed too late for treatment to have an impact.* The sooner you know for sure if your child has CPP, the sooner your child can get the treatment he or she needs.
*Based on an online survey of 141 US pediatric endocrinologists from June 6 to July 14, 2017.