Paediatric Society issues guidelines for doctors on complexities of gender identity

The Canadian Paediatric Society has issued guidelines to help doctors discuss the complexities of gender identity in children with their parents and caregivers.

The online resource will help pediatricians answer common questions posed by parents, including about the differences between sex, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.

CPS president Dr. Mike Dickinson notes that more and more parents are asking pediatricians how gender identity develops in kids, and what is considered typical behaviour.

He says not all doctors are well enough informed about the issue to provide answers.

The CPS says gender development is often associated with puberty and adolescence, but children begin showing interest in their gender early in life.

Every child is unique, but the society says most children have a strong sense of their gender identity by the age of four.