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Question: My son is 10 years old and already showing signs of maturing physically. He is bigger than most kids and is growing fast. Is it usual for kids to become prepubescent so young? He is very healthy and happy. 

DR.PAUL: The majority of boys (98%) enter puberty between 9 and 14 years of age, so your son seems to be within that normal range. As with other traits, sexual development is an individual thing. Some start earlier than others and in some cases, this is a pattern seen in different generations. If your child is otherwise well and is being followed routinely by your doctor it sounds like this is normal.  

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Pediatrician DR.PAUL Roumeliotis is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The information provided above is designed to be an educational aid only. It is not intended to replace the advice and care of your child's physician, nor is it intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. If you suspect that your child has a medical condition always consult a physician.

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