A one-year-old boy in India who developed facial hair and sexual urges was diagnosed with a rare hormonal condition.
The child’s unnamed 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.”
The boy – known only as “Vaibhav” – was taken to a doctor when he was 18 months old.
By then he was up to 15cm taller than children his age, and had started getting facial and body hair.
His voice had started to break 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 Vaibhav ‘s doctor Vaishakhi Rustagi.
Vaibhav is now on medication to alleviate his symptoms.
“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.