Parents of a one-year-old boy in India have revealed how their son suddenly started growing facial and bodily hair, as well as ‘adult’ sexual organs – and started having sexual urges as well. The toddler's voice broke out into an adult male-like voice and was five inches taller than other toddlers his age. The boy in Delhi was diagnosed with a rare condition called ‘precocious puberty’.
His mother told the Hindustan Times: "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."
Dr Vaishakhi Rustagi of Max Super Speciality Hospital said: "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.
"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. 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."
The baby is now having injections to block the effects of the hormones on his body.