2 year old boy with muscles and hair that surprised the doctors. The problem was not health and was hidden in carelessness
Whenever Erica Brownsell took her 2-year-old, Barnaby, to the playground, other parents wondered why a child her size was still falling off the pacifier.
Once a man dared a little more and told her that her son looked like a small man because of his muscle mass.
Only after Erica saw pubic hair around the boy's genitals, which was not even the normal size for a child, did she become seriously concerned.
"I knew it was not normal. He had frequent erections and I did not know what was happening. He weighed 26 kg when he was 1 year old and added 2 kg every month, up to 1 year and a half. It was not fat. "They were muscles," says Erica.
Even the pediatrician himself remained confused at the first consultation.
Analyzes revealed that the toddler had levels of testosterone (male hormones) as much as an adult male. Normal values ??should have been negligible for a boy his age. He also had the bone density of a 4.5 year old child.
Further tests ruled out the most common causes, such as an endocrine tumor or a congenital disorder affecting the adrenal glands. But where did this situation come from?
Then one of Hulse's colleagues made a suggestion. She wondered if Barnaby had been exposed for long periods to an artificial testosterone treatment intended for adults.
It was clear. The boy had been exposed to the hormone testosterone. But how?
After the doctors asked Erica, she said: "My husband has been using testosterone gel for several years, since he was born with a complex testicular condition."
Erica said she and her artist husband took turns caring for Barnaby. When one worked, the other held it. Now the doctors had it even clearer. The toddler's father had not used fancy gloves applying testosterone gel. This exposure has caused puberty in infants.
Every doctor strongly advises men or anyone to use gloves when applying the gel.
Already, the baby's father is getting the hormone through injection. At the same time he joined the awareness campaign that his wife initiated to raise awareness about the risk of testosterone gel in children.
In the US from the hormonal drug AndroGel since 2009 there have been more than 20 cases like that of this toddler. In some cases, surgery was needed on children.