Delhi: One-year-old boy attains puberty

Imagine a one-year-old with fully developed sexual organs of a grown man.
A super speciality hospital in Delhi is currently treating Vaibhav, who has been diagnosed with a rare condition called precocious or early puberty.(Representative image)
A super speciality hospital in Delhi is currently treating Vaibhav, who has been diagnosed with a rare condition called precocious or early puberty.(Representative image)
Updated on May 29, 2016 03:24 PM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Imagine a one-year-old with fully developed sexual organs of a grown man.

A super speciality hospital in Delhi is currently treating Vaibhav (name changed on parents’ request), who has been diagnosed with a rare condition called precocious or early puberty.

The toddler’s parents noticed disturbing physical changes when Vaibhav was six months old. Not only was he taller than other children his age, his genitals too had started growing abnormally.

“We thought maybe he was just a big baby, so we did not take him to the doctor. But by the time he was one, it was apparent there was something wrong. My mother-in-law, who has taken care of several children in the family, also said that his growth seemed unnatural. That is when we took him to the doctor,” said his mother.

Vaibhav was taken to a doctor when he was 18 months old. By then, he was 95cm tall, 10-15cm taller than children his age, and had already started getting facial and body hair. His voice had also started breaking, and he had fully developed sexual organs.

“His testosterone levels were exceptionally high, as high as that of a 25-year-old, because of which he had started experiencing physical changes. Since he was so young, he was not able to understand what was happening. He would experience sexual urges too,” said Dr Vaishakhi Rustagi, the consulting paediatric endocrinologist at Max Super Speciality Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, who is treating Vaibhav.

Tests revealed that his testosterone levels were 500-600 nanogram per deciliter (ng/dl). A one-year-old baby’s testosterone level is usually 20 ng/dl.

Precocious puberty is a very rare condition, especially at such a young age. According to Dr Rustagi, only one in 100,000 have this condition, with the incidence increasing to one to two in 100,000 in boys aged eight to 10.

“It is a rare case that happens once in 10 odd years. Precocious puberty is traumatic for a child of his age. The baby can’t express his feelings or understand what his happening to him, while his parents are left confused,” said Dr Rustagi.

Further tests revealed that there was no underlying cause for the increased levels of hormones and the doctors put him on hormone therapy. He needs to take injections that help in blocking the effect of the hormones once a month. Later, the dose will be reduced to once in three months till he is 10-11 years old and is ready to accept the changes in his body.

“If such children are not treated, they will become violent. The physical changes will not be suitable for their age. They will also stop growing after a few years and remain about 3-4ft tall,” Rustagi said.

Vaibhav’s parents spend Rs 11,000 a month on the medication as the insurance company has rejected their claims.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Anonna Dutt is a health reporter at Hindustan Times. She reports on Delhi government’s health policies, hospitals in Delhi, and health-related feature stories.

Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • The Serum Institute of India (SII), which had stopped Covid vaccine production in January this year with sufficient doses in stock, may not have resumed the production. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)

    Has Serum Institute of India not resumed Covishield production yet?

    Pune: The Serum Institute of India, which had stopped Covid vaccine production in January this year with sufficient doses in stock, may not have resumed the production. According to SII, 200 million doses of the vaccine were available at the cold storage facility till April this year. SII had stopped the production of vaccine in January following drop in demand. There is an increase in beneficiaries to complete vaccination and booster dose.

  • SBSP chief with SP’s Azamgarh candidate Dharmendra Yadav. (HT File photo)

    SBSP criticises SP over Azamgarh, Rampur loss

    Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, has criticised ally Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav over the loss in Rampur and Azamgarh. SBSP, the second biggest alliance partner of the SP, said the losses could have been averted had the SP chief acted on SBSP chief Om Prakash Rajbhar's advice. The SBSP leaders however also made it clear that their alliance with SP was intact. He had called the protest by the SP members “improper”.

  • New district town planner Amit Madholia. (Sourced)

    Unauthorised colonies on radar of new town planner

    Curbing the spread of unauthorised colonies in the city and preventing commercial activities in residential areas will be the top priorities for Amit Madholia, the newly appointed district town planner who assumed charge of the department of town and country planning's enforcement wing on Tuesday. The enforcement department will also take stringent action against development of illegal colonies in the city and on the outskirts.

  • According to police, the suspect, Jitender alias Jeetu received <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10.5 lakh from the loot, after which he fled. He was continuously changing locations since then. (Sourced)

    Main culprit in cash van loot case arrested in Gurugram

    A 34-year-old man, who was the main culprit involved in the 96 lakh cash loot from a van of a private agency on April 18, was arrested from Subhash Chowk in Gurugram on Sunday, said police on Monday. According to police, the suspect, Jitender alias Jeetu (identified by first name) received 10.5 lakh from the loot, after which hJitender, a resident of Bagahi village in Sant Kabir Nagar district of Uttar Pradeshfled and was continuously changing locations.

  • Congress leader Satyajeet Tambe has written to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Shaktikanta Das drawing his attention to the rampant malpractices through online instant loan provider applications (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)

    Cong leader Satyajeet Tambe writes to RBI governor, seeks action against rampant online loan scams

    Congress leader Satyajeet Tambe has written to the Reserve Bank of India governor Shaktikanta Das drawing his attention to the rampant malpractices through online instant loan provider applications. The letter was written on June 17. He has urged the governor to intervene in the matter. The Maharashtra cyber crime cell, has received at least 1,900 complaints related to online loan applications since 2020. Tabe said, the phenomenon is the latest menace online.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Wednesday, June 29, 2022