A 10-year-old boy has been allowed to start hormone treatment to help him become a girl.
The Family Court heard the boy, known as Jamie, had thought of himself as a girl since he was a toddler, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Jamie insisted on wearing girls' clothes and he refused to use the boys' toilets at school.
The child's mother said he would become upset when she tried to encourage him to act like a boy.
Doctors diagnosed Jamie with gender identity disorder when he was seven.
He began dressing like a girl at home and his family started treating him like a girl in 2008.
The next year his parents moved him to a school that accepted him as a girl.
The court was told it was crucial Jamie begin hormone treatment before male puberty set in and he started developing facial hair and a deep voice.
Meanwhile, new laws in the UK will allow children from the age of 12 to have access to drugs to block the onset of puberty.
British doctors used to be prevented from offering children with gender identity issues any medical intervention.
The National Research Ethics Service has given approval for a specialist clinic in London to prescribe the drugs.
not really after a debate on whether or not people believe in Gender identity disorder, but whether or not it should be treated this young in this way?
i'm of two minds about it. are there cases where a child dx with this hits puberty or just older and snaps out of it?