Pediatric premature adrenarche (PA) is the early appearance of pubic hair before it normally occurs.
Puberty typically occurs between the ages of 10 and 14 for girls. If a child has premature adrenarche, changes occurs prior to age 8 when the adrenal gland starts producing hormones.
*Age of puberty is middle childhood to teenage years as defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Your doctor will order blood hormone levels and check and x-ray of the hand and wrist to determine if this is a normal variant or if treatment for precocious puberty is warranted
The exact cause of premature adrenarche is often unknown. It can be a symptom of a condition that causes a hormonal imbalance, such as: