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Precocious puberty

For most parents, few developmental milestones are more dreaded than their daughters starting puberty. The idea of their sweet, innocent little girl turning into a moody, hormonal young woman is enough to keep most moms and dads up at night. The only saving grace for some of these parents is the belief that puberty is still years away.

But what if, even with a daughter still in kindergarten, the physical and emotional rollercoaster ride of puberty is lurking just around the corner? According to a recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this is reality for more and more American families. The study followed girls of various ethnicities, locations and backgrounds, and found that by 7 years old, more than 10 percent of Caucasian girls and 23 percent of African-American girls showed signs of breast development, indicating that puberty has begun.

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