Delayed Puberty: All you need to know about
Delayed puberty is when there are no physical signs of change by the age of 14 years in boys and 13 years in girls.
Nearly 3% of children are affected by delayed puberty and 90% of these cases are due to constitutional delay.
-It is more often hereditary.
-Treatment depends on the cause of delayed puberty.
-Generally, no treatment is necessary if it is hereditary.
-More common in boys than girls
It is a condition of delay of sexual maturation in boys and girls at the expected time. The main causes include Constitutional delay, medication (chemotherapy, psychiatric medicine) and medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, cystic fibrosis, kidney disease, and malnutrition.
No breast development
Lack of periods
No pubic hair
Short height and slow growth rate
Lack of testicular enlargement
Little body hair or no hair
Body stays thin and short
The clinical diagnosis includes the medical history review, physical examination, blood test, X-ray (Bone age examination), MRI, CT Scan
Self-Care: Nutritious diet, psychological support to the child.
In-Hospital treatment- Hormonal replacement therapy, etiology
Medications: Only on Doctor consultation
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