This story looks like fake news
Yet ABC and UPI are reporting it. I even find it more incredulous that a girl 5 years 7 months gave birth in Peru in 1939.
9-year-old gives birth to baby girl in Mexico
A 9-year-old girl named Dafne from Jalisco, Mexico, delivered a baby girl by C-Section in January.
A 9-year-old Mexican girl gave birth via Cesarean section to a baby in January as a search continues for the 17-year-old father of the child.The young mother, who's name is reportedly Dafne, gave birth on January 27 in a Jalisco hospital near Guadalajara, reported ABC News.Dafne and her child are both healthy and recovering at home, said Dr. Enrique Rabago, director of Zoquipan Hospital, at a press conference Wednesday. Doctors decided to perform a C-Section, Rabago said, "due to her young age and the fact that her body was not ready to give birth."According to the Jalisco State Prosecutor's office, Dafne described her relationship with the child's father as loving but was unwilling to release any further information."Due to her young age, we don't know if she's being entirely truthful," said Lino Ginzalez Corona, a spokesperson for the prosecutor's office. "She did not realize that she was pregnant until the seventh month."Corona also said, according to Dafne's account, the child's father suggested she and the baby move in with him, but he left town when she refused.The office is "still open to the possibility of rape or child abuse," Corona said.Dafne is one of 11 children from a family living in Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos, 25 miles south of Guadalajara.While giving birth at such a young age is obviously unusual, it is not impossible. The age when girls start menstruating is dropping--although the average is still about 12--and even lower among Hispanic girls. Pregnancy can occur before a girl ever gets her first period, since the bleeding occurs at the end of the menstrual cycle after ovulation.The youngest known biological birth was by a girl of 5 years, 7 months, who had a condition called precocious puberty--when the hormone glands kick in very soon after birth--in Peru in 1939.
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Puberty is the time during which sexual and physical characteristics mature. Precocious puberty is when these body changes happen earlier than normal.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Puberty usually begins between ages 10 and 14 for girls, and ages 12 and 16 for boys. Some African American girls may start puberty earlier, around age 9.
The exact age a child enters puberty depends on a number of factors, including family history, nutrition, and gender.
Often there is no clear cause for precocious puberty, but some cases are due to changes in the brain, genetic problems, or certain tumors that release hormones. These conditions include:
In girls, precocious puberty is when any of the following develop before age 8:
- Armpit or pubic hair
- Beginning to grow faster
- First period (menstruation)
- Mature outer genitals
Some evidence suggests that it may be normal for these changes to occur as early as age 7 in Caucasian girls and age 6 in African-American girls.
In boys, precocious puberty is when any of the following develop before age 9:
- Armpit or pubic hair
- Growth of the testes and penis
- Facial hair, often first on the upper lip
- Muscle growth
- Voice change (deepening)
Signs and tests
Blood hormone levels, CT scan of the brain or of the abdomen and MRI of the brain or of the abdomen are often used to diagnose the problem.
Medications can stop the release of sexual hormones. Some tumors need to be removed with surgery.
Children who go through puberty too early may not reach their full height because growth stops too early.
Children with early sexual development are more likely to have psychological and social problems. Children and adolescents generally want to be the same as their peers, and early sexual development can make them appear different. This can result in self-esteem problems, depression, acting out at school and home, and abuse of alcohol and illegal substances.
Calling your health care provider
See your health care provider if:
- Your child shows signs of precocious puberty
- Any child with early sexual development appears to be having social problems in school
Last edited by Rodney21a; 02-06-2013 at 06:25 PM.