20 Feb '12, 6am

Sex-changing treatment for kids on the rise

Sex-changing treatment for kids on the rise

In this Dec 12, 2011 photo provided by Children's Hospital Boston, Dr Norman Spack, of Children's Hospital Boston, poses for a photograph. Dr Spack is author of one of the reports in the journal Pediatrics about teens and children who insist they were born the wrong sex and are requesting body-altering treatments. -- PHOTO: AP/CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL BOSTON CHICAGO (AP) - A small but growing number of teens and even younger children who think they were born the wrong sex are getting support from parents and from doctors who give them sex-changing treatments, according to reports in the medical journal Pediatrics. It's an issue that raises ethical questions, and some experts urge caution in treating children with puberty-blocking drugs and hormones. An eight-year-old second-grader in Los Angeles is a typical patient. Born a girl, the child announced at 18 months, 'I a boy' and ...

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