07/13/2016 03:45 EDT | Updated 09/02/2016 11:59 EDT

Early Puberty: What Parents Should Know

As children grow closer to reaching their adolescent years, most parents are aware that the onset of puberty is near. But what happens if your child starts this development stage way before you anticipated?

While it may be a scary thought for many parents, early puberty – otherwise known as precocious puberty – is sometimes inevitable, and can occur in girls before age eight and in boys before age nine.

While you can't necessarily prevent it, you can always be prepared. Watch the video above to find out what you should know about precocious puberty, and what it may mean for your child.

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