Before the onset of adolescence, children undergo a process called adrenarche, when the body begins producing hormones called androgens, commonly considered the 'male' hormones. Hormones are the biological messengers of the body, and in this case, the message is "prepare for puberty." Adrenarche generally occurs between six and eight years and causes changes in the body such as new hair growth. This is a normal process that happens to both girls and boys as they approach this transition.
The process allows the body to prepare for the transition from childhood to adolescence. It begins when the body starts producing androgens in the adrenal glands. Located on top of the kidneys, the adrenal glands are responsible for sending stress signals to the body, contributing to growth, and regulating sodium levels.
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