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Early Puberty. Froggy-Ninja-Pirate-Mama 3 kids; Cookeville, Tennessee 9598 posts
12th Apr '13

My son just turned 9 and is going through puberty. I took him to the pedi back in Dec or Jan when he was still 8 and told them I thought he was going through puberty... he showed lots of signs including B.O., acne, a huge growth spurt and behavior changes/problems.



The pedi said my son was NOT going through puberty and not to worry about it until he was around 12 or so.



Well, yesterday I was giving him shampoo when he was in the shower and happened to look down and noticed a long hair by his private area. I told him I had to get it off, so it didn't get wrapped around hs penis but when I pulled it, I realized it was attached :shock: He's also been having wet dreams... :?



I made another appointment with a different pedi at our doctor's office because the last one was apparently useless and I've researched early puberty for hours; which has totally stressed me out. Now, I'm wondering if anyone else has dealt with this and has advice...



Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention my son has autism. He's verbal, pretty high functioning and is mainstreamed. His mental/emotional level is about that of a 7yr old though.

tinana+2 TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; Staten Island, NY, United States 29662 posts
12th Apr '13

I'm not really sure what you're asking? It's not really early puberty... it's just puberty. This is normal, mama. 9-14 is the typical onset of puberty for boys.



The pedi your doctor saw last was probably just a dummy... lol At 8 it may have been 'early' but was probably just the onset of puberty.

~T&C plus me~ 2 kids; .., OR, United States 4178 posts
12th Apr '13
Quoting Froggy-Ninja-Pirate-Mama:" My son just turned 9 and is going through puberty. I took him to the pedi back in Dec or Jan when he ... [snip!] ... autism. He's verbal, pretty high functioning and is mainstreamed. His mental/emotional level is about that of a 7yr old though."

It sounbds a lot like my nephew. He will be 9 on the 20th. He came out of the bathroom few months ago, and informed my sister he had hair down there, he has major BO, and she walked in on him rubbing his privates of a cupboard door, she asked what he was doing, and he said it felt good. He also has autism. Not sure if there is a link though.

Kimber-lily Due September 27 (girl); 4 kids; Nova Scotia 28962 posts
12th Apr '13

Why are you taking him to the doctor about puberty?



I got my period at 10 and had DD's by the time I was 13. Lol

Froggy-Ninja-Pirate-Mama 3 kids; Cookeville, Tennessee 9598 posts
12th Apr '13
Quoting Kimber-lily:" Why are you taking him to the doctor about puberty? I got my period at 10 and had DD's by the time I was 13. Lol"

I got my period at 10 as well but boys are supposed to hit puberty about a year or two after girls and this started when my son was 8... It's really not normal.

Mutha. TTC since Jan 1995; 3830 posts
12th Apr '13
Quoting Kimber-lily:" Why are you taking him to the doctor about puberty? I got my period at 10 and had DD's by the time I was 13. Lol"

I got mine at 9, but the boob situation was the same. lol

Froggy-Ninja-Pirate-Mama 3 kids; Cookeville, Tennessee 9598 posts
12th Apr '13

The pedi told me that he'd have to put my son on some kind of hormone therapy if he were infact going through puberty...

♥Mrs.Garcia 18 kids; Houston, Texas 13802 posts
12th Apr '13
Quoting Froggy-Ninja-Pirate-Mama:" My son just turned 9 and is going through puberty. I took him to the pedi back in Dec or Jan when he ... [snip!] ... autism. He's verbal, pretty high functioning and is mainstreamed. His mental/emotional level is about that of a 7yr old though."

It's okay. I'm actually studying in my psychology class about puberty right now in adolescents. What made you think he was going through puberty at 8? The usual sequence is growth of the testes, first pubic hairs, enlargement of the penis, first ejaculation of seminal fluid (spermarche), height spurt and final pubic hair growth. Let me get out my anatomy book and refresh myself.

tinana+2 TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; Staten Island, NY, United States 29662 posts
12th Apr '13
Quoting Froggy-Ninja-Pirate-Mama:" The pedi told me that he'd have to put my son on some kind of hormone therapy if he were infact going through puberty... "


Unless it's like, super charged puberty where he's aging before his time, I don't think you'd have to worry about it. If he's still appropriate size I don't think it would become an issue. You could of course still have him checked out and you don't have to feel stupid about it. My friend thought her 5 year old was going though puberty because he had BO and extreme leg hair- he's fine, he's just a big boy. He's the size of an 8 year old and just went though weird growth spurts. When it doubt, have it checked out.

Froggy-Ninja-Pirate-Mama 3 kids; Cookeville, Tennessee 9598 posts
12th Apr '13
Quoting ♥Mrs.Garcia:" It's okay. I'm actually studying in my psychology class about puberty right now in adolescents. What ... [snip!] ... of seminal fluid (spermarche), height spurt and final pubic hair growth. Let me get out my anatomy book and refresh myself."


When he was 8 hestarted having body odor, acne,had a huge growth spurt and behavior changes/problems. Now, he has wet dreams and a pubic hair plus lots of aggression and wineyness.

♥Mrs.Garcia 18 kids; Houston, Texas 13802 posts
12th Apr '13
Quoting Froggy-Ninja-Pirate-Mama:" I got my period at 10 as well but boys are supposed to hit puberty about a year or two after girls and this started when my son was 8... It's really not normal."


There is only a 6 months difference in the average onset of puberty. With puberty there are many different parts to it and it can take up to 9 years to fully complete it.
Average ages are rough approximations with many perfectly normal, healthy adolescents as much as three years ahead of or behind these ages.

♥Mrs.Garcia 18 kids; Houston, Texas 13802 posts
12th Apr '13
Quoting ♥Mrs.Garcia:" There is only a 6 months difference in the average onset of puberty. With puberty there are many different ... [snip!] ... are rough approximations with many perfectly normal, healthy adolescents as much as three years ahead of or behind these ages."


Just to add the initial onset of puberty in boys is at 9.5 years. But like I said it's a LONG process. The final pubic hair pattern isn't developed until the average age of 18.

Froggy-Ninja-Pirate-Mama 3 kids; Cookeville, Tennessee 9598 posts
12th Apr '13
Quoting tinana+2:" Unless it's like, super charged puberty where he's aging before his time, I don't think you'd have to ... [snip!] ... just a big boy. He's the size of an 8 year old and just went though weird growth spurts. When it doubt, have it checked out."

He's about the size of an 11 or 12 year old. He's always been kinda tall for his age but recently he started eating like a maniac and has gained nearly 15lbs this year and grew at least 3 inches. I guess I'm really just worried because I was told that hitting puberty at this age can cause problems like stunting a child's growth and I was worried about emotional issues.

Froggy-Ninja-Pirate-Mama 3 kids; Cookeville, Tennessee 9598 posts
12th Apr '13
Quoting ♥Mrs.Garcia:" Just to add the initial onset of puberty in boys is at 9.5 years. But like I said it's a LONG process. The final pubic hair pattern isn't developed until the average age of 18."

Good to know.



How do I communicate with him though? That sounds dumb, lol but what I mean is if he were a bit older I'd know what to say and how to explain this all but with him being 9 (and mentally/emotionally 7) do I approach him as I would a 12 year old? Do I tell him EVERYTHING and talk to him on an older level or should I just tell him what he needs to know and give him information on more of a need to know basis as he matures more?

Rebekah 2 kids; Tennessee 5526 posts
12th Apr '13

I think we've talked about living in the same town before. Out of curiousity, who's your pedi?