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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    Puberty typically lasts for several years, but the duration varies from individual to individual. Most boys go through puberty from ages 12 to 16, and most girls go through puberty from ages 10 to 14. The time it takes for adolescents to reach certain milestones, such as menstruation and facial hair growth, also varies.

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    The onset of puberty may be related to ethnicity, especially in girls. Caucasian girls tend to begin puberty later than Mexican-American and African-American girls. Puberty typically starts later for Asian-American girls than the other listed ethnicities. Body mass index difference may be the cause for this difference, although environment and genetics could also be related.

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    Whether you realize it or not, you have the tools to talk to your child about puberty. After all, though it might have been a long time ago, you went through puberty, too!Begin by letting your child know that her body will be going through changes as she experiences puberty. Ideally, you will want to bring puberty up casually rather than having a formal discussion. You can use teachable moments such as a recent growth spurt, crush, voice change, or the sudden need for deodorant, pimple medication, or shaving cream as a starting point. Then, share your experiences with puberty, who you felt comfortable talking with, how you felt as your body changed, what you wish you knew that no one told you, and more.It is important to emphasize that everybody experiences these changes at their own pace. Find out what your child is learning in school, what she knows, and what she might fear or need more information about. It is also a good time for you to brush up on the facts. You can prep beforehand, or research topics together. Most of all, let your child know that you are a trusted and comfortable source for her sexuality (and other) questions and concerns.
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    Girls are considered delayed if they don’t develop breasts by age fifteen or haven’t started menstruating by sixteen (or within five years of developing breasts). Boys are considered delayed if there is no testicle development by fourteen and if development of the male organs isn’t complete within five years after the onset of puberty.

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

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    Puberty is a time of physical, social, and cognitive development for adolescents, and it is likely that your child's behavior will change. Your child is likely to become more aware of their body, which may cause them to feel insecure. Peer approval will become increasingly important and may be related to physical development.

    Males may exhibit aggressive behavior related to increased hormone levels or develop a sex drive. Females may become insecure about late development or begin interacting with older social groups if they develop early. The rate at which your child develops physically in relation to their peers can significantly affect their behavior.

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    Most girls do not show signs of puberty until they are at least 8 years old, but being overweight could start the process a little earlier. We think that what happens when you get heavy, the fat comes alive and it actually takes the hormones in your body and starts converting them to estrogen, which is what actually starts the puberty process. The other thing that happens is you get more insulin. Most folks don't realize what insulin does besides the fact it controls blood sugar. Insulin is an anabolic hormone. It builds you.

    Although other environmental factors could contribute to early puberty, being overweight is the most common cause. The first thing I'd start out with is tell her to go outside and play. We can talk about foods and all those things, but the number one thing that little kids need to be able to do is go outside and do the things that historically humans have always done, which is expend energy by playing and having a good time.


    This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com
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    While puberty is a completely natural developmental stage, some individuals experience early onset of puberty, also known as precocious puberty. This can be caused in females by problems with the central nervous system or problems with the adrenal glands. Precocious puberty can be caused in males by tumors in the testicles or adrenal glands, organic brain disease, or brain tumors. Other individuals may experience delayed puberty, which can be caused by ovarian problems and chromosomal disorders. Additionally, the onset of fertility can put sexually active adolescents at risk for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

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    Puberty is a natural stage of development and children should be encouraged during this stage. Puberty should only be delayed if the child exhibits precocious puberty. Puberty can be delayed using synthetic gonadotropin-releasing hormone injections. Your doctor will determine if this is necessary.

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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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    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.