Puberty is always a difficult time in everyone’s life. We’re caught off-guard by a sudden growth spurt, we grow body hair and our hormones are all over the place. Been there, right? But puberty is actually spelling a new kind of trouble for one Delhi boy.

According to Deccan Chronicle, diagnosed with a rare condition, Delhi’s Akash – a one year old baby – has hit puberty already. He’s developed facial, body and pubic hair, his voice is beginning to break and he displays having sexual urges.


Doctors now say Akash is suffering from ‘precocious puberty’ – an extremely rare hormonal condition that leads his testosterone levels to shoot up to those of a twenty-five-year old.

‘Precocious puberty’ describes the condition of one having gone through puberty before the age of 8 or 9 years.

The age for it to be deemed a medical condition is set according to when puberty strikes for a specific percentile of the population (e.g. 2.5 standard deviations below the average). While the exact cause remains unclear, the condition has primarily been traced back to developmental deficits in the hypothalamus or the pituitary glands.

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Akash’s parents, who wish to remain unnamed, first noticed that his genitals were growing at a curious speed about six months ago.

The mother said that it was obvious something was wrong by the time he turned one. The baby’s grandmother, who had taken care of several children of the family was also convinced that the growth spurt seemed abnormal.


Akash’s doctor, Vaishakhi Rustagi explained that ‘precocious puberty’ can be rather traumatic for a child his age.

Possible complications can include anything from violence due to increased strength, to stopping growth prematurely and possibly remaining 3-4 feet tall for life.

Deccan Chronicle

The youngest girl on record to have given birth to a baby at the age of five years and seven months, on account of ‘precocious puberty’, is Lina Medina from Peru in 1939.

Pretty scary, right? Well, the more you know.

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Feature Source: Deccan Chronicle