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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Limiting chemical exposure and eating organic food are just two ways you can keep a young girl healthy. Find out ways to keep girls from hitting puberty early as Drs. Oz, Jennifer Ashton, and Louise Greenspan explain in this video.


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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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    Puberty is a time of change and development and can be awkward and embarrassing for adolescents. Take time to explain the physical changes to your child. Males will experience penis growth, increased hair growth and nighttime ejaculations. They may need to begin using razors to shave. Girls will encounter breast development, hair growth, and menstruation.

    Increased hormone levels may cause acne and body odor. Instruct your child on the uses of deodorant and personal hygiene. Young girls may need to begin wearing bras and using feminine products during their menstrual period. Most schools provide sexual education programs, but parents should also monitor and talk with their children about puberty.

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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.