Puberty

Puberty

Puberty affects children between the ages of 11 and 14. The changes can be drastic and all at once, changing your physical growth, cognitive development, emotional and social skills, as well as sensory and motor development. Rapid changes often occur earlier in girl than in boys but both genders will go through physical and emotional changes that segue childhood into adulthood. If often is a difficult time of transition for the adolescent as well as the parents, but strong family support will reaffirm your childs sense of self.

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    Young boys and girls experience the development of secondary sex characteristics differently.

    Most girls experience breast development followed by pubic and arm hair growth. Growth spurts, increase in hip size, and vaginal secretions are also common. The first menstrual period takes place approximately two years into puberty.

    Young boys first experience enlargement of the testicles followed by growth spurts, penis growth, increased hair growth, voice changes, and wet dreams.

    In addition to physical changes, adolescents also experience cognitive, social, and emotional development.

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    Puberty brings a ton of changes to a young person’s life, but now we have evidence that the changes children experience in their sleep between the ages of 11 and 12 can happen sooner than the usual physical changes in adolescence. In a study in the journal Sleep, researchers reported that:

    • As they approach puberty, kids’ ability to fall asleep was delayed by 50 minutes, and total sleep times were reduced by 37 minutes.

    • Girls slept better than boys.

    • Aside from the biological changes happening that can affect sleep, psychological issues related to school demands, social activities, and technological distractions can lead to the development of bad sleep habits.

    Having a deeper understanding of the interrelationships between sleep and puberty may provide new insights into where our adolescents can be vulnerable for both behavioral and emotional health problems.

    Indeed, the more we know about a young person’s developing sleep habits, the better we can support optimal habits for a lifetime of good nights.
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    Dr. Ellen Rome - How are "wet dreams" and puberty related?
    Watch as Dr. Ellen Rome explains how "wet dreams" and puberty are related.

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    Doctors may prescribe synthetic gonadotropin-releasing hormone (such as leuprolide, acetate, deslorelin, or histrelin) to slow early onset puberty. These medications stop the production of certain sex hormones. Supplemental sex hormones, such as testosterone may be used to initiate the process.

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    To talk to your child about puberty, the best thing you can do is walk alongside him or her and don't be afraid to talk to your child about puberty. Don't demand that your child open up to you, but just say, "You know what? It's been a long time since I went through that. I'm not exactly sure how it feels. You tell me." That invites the child, because you've taken a humble stance, shoulder to shoulder with him or her, rather than a toe to toe, and, "I know what it feels like. Here's what you need to do."
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    Puberty by definition is a stage of human development experienced by adolescents. Children undergo the changes, and parents must watch and guide them through the process. It can be awkward for parents and the child who is going through puberty. Parents should communicate with their children to ensure that their children understand what is happening to their bodies. Open communication can help children avoid emotional and behavioral issues sometimes associated with puberty. It also allows parents to offer accurate information and support.

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    Most young girls begin breast development around age 11. That is followed by pubic hair growth and height increase. Menstruation starts for most girls around age 13. Following their first period, bone growth and breast development is completed.

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    The severity of early or delayed puberty depends largely on the cause. Since individuals develop at different rates, slightly early or delayed puberty is often not a problem. Early or precocious puberty can be caused by problems with the pituitary gland or the hypothalamus. Some rare conditions, including neurofibromatosis, may also be related to precocious puberty. Delayed puberty can be caused by chemotherapy, gene disorders, tumors, infections, and too much dieting or exercise.

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    Puberty begins when luteinizing hormone (LH) is produced in the pituitary gland and released in pulses, especially at night. This takes place approximately three years prior to the physical development of secondary sex characteristics, such as hair, breast, and penis growth. LH interacts with other hormones such as testosterone and estrogen to cause the development of these secondary sex characteristics.

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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
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    Children are entering puberty these days as early as 7 and 8 years old. This could lead to health problems down the road. Learn about the shocking early age of puberty in this video of Dr. Oz, Dr. Corey Hebert, Dr. Donnica Moore, and Dr. Janet Taylor.



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