About early puberty
Having the puberty conversation early and often can help you and your child feel more comfortable
Often, children are too young to understand the physical and hormonal changes happening to them. Reassure your child that these changes are normal and all of his or her friends will eventually go through puberty, too.
These changes are just happening earlier in his or her body than they should. For most children with CPP, no underlying medical problem caused puberty to start early. If your child asks, tell them it is not their fault. Remember, it is not your fault either.
How you talk
old they are
- Start with short conversations and use simple and accurate language
- Explain that CPP happens when your body is getting messages from your brain that are making you grow up too fast
- Find a book written to explain puberty to children in your local library or online; for younger children, find a book with pictures to help show your child what is happening
- When you talk about treatment, tell your child that there’s a medicine that can stop the messages from their brain until it’s the right time to go through puberty
- Reassure your child that his or her feelings and fears are normal…no matter how big or small they are
- Timing—Choose a time to talk to your child when you can pay attention and actively listen to them
- Eye contact—Try to make and keep eye contact to show your child you’re interested in what they’re saying
- Open mind—Concentrate on what your child is saying and try not to judge or interrupt, even if you don’t always agree with what they’re saying
- Mirroring—Listen to your child and then summarize and repeat what they’ve said, to try to understand what they are thinking and feeling. Use phrases like “It sounds to me as if you are angry/happy/sad…” to help them tell you what they are feeling
- Problem-solving—Try to give your child a chance to figure out solutions to the problems or issues they tell you about. Working out solutions together can help you and your child find the way to deal with tough situations that works for both of you
Check your child
with the Signs and Stages
Use the interactive tool to compare the signs you see in your child with the stages of puberty in normal development.
Talk to a pediatrician as soon as possible
if you see early signs of puberty, because
only a qualified healthcare provider can diagnose CPP.
talking to the
Create your own discussion guide to ask the right questions and get as much information as possible during the visit to the pediatrician.