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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    The first thing you need to know is that puberty -- that time when girls and boys develop secondary sex characteristics and fertility and start becoming young women and men -- arrives on a different schedule for every child. At the same time, puberty is occurring earlier in general, so don’t be alarmed if you notice changes at a younger age than you experienced. Typically, puberty starts in boys between ten and sixteen. Yes, girls start earlier, which is why they’re often uncomfortably taller than boys in junior high. Puberty can last a few years or several, so don’t expect this ride to be short.

    From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

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    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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    One in seven girls today shows signs of puberty before their teens, according to one study. Learn more about this disturbing trend in this video as Dr. Oz talks with Drs. Jennifer Ashton and Louise Greenspan about an epidemic of preteen girls who reach puberty early.

     

     

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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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    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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    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 onset of puberty may be related to weight. Adolescents that are mildly to moderately overweight tend to begin puberty earlier. Adolescents with thinner physiques and lower body fat content may begin puberty later.

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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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    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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