Sumary of Q&A: Physicians can ease ‘great anxiety’ surrounding puberty in girls:
- Those concerns were more pronounced in parents whose children had autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder, ADHD and nonverbal status, Y..
- In an interview with Healio Primary Care, Fei discussed how to address parent and patient concerns, when hormonal suppression therapies are appropriate, when to refer patients to a specialist, and more..
- Can you talk about the most common concerns among caregivers of prepubescent girls with developmental disabilities?.
- Parents are often worried that periods are going to happen immediately when they start to notice pubertal changes, and it can be reassuring to know they probably have a couple of years to prepare..
- We usually recommend that caregivers start teaching girls about menstrual periods and practice wearing pads or period underwear before periods start so they can get used to the feeling..
- This is for girls who start pubertal transition earlier than age 8 years and we can give them medications to pause puberty temporarily..
- If they start puberty too early, they may not be able to grow as tall or bones become as strong as they need to be..
- We almost never start hormones before girls at least have a few periods to see how they do, since their periods often are not as bad as caregivers fear….