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4 Early Signs Of Puberty In Your Child

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Watching their child grow up and being present for every milestone in their children's lives are the greatest joys for parents, which we all definitely agree with.

As parents, we would want to experience every stage of our children's lives along with them and be there for them whenever they need us.

Puberty is also one of the most important phases of a growing child's life. Puberty involves a child's physical and mental states evolving, in order for him/her to become adults.

Normally, puberty occurs in girls between the ages of 10 and 14 years and between the ages of 12 and 16 years for the boys. However, these ages can vary from individual to individual.

During puberty, a number of hormonal changes occur in the body, which can lead to physical, sexual and behavioural changes in the children.

signs of puberty

These hormones are produced in a child's body during puberty, in order to initiate the stimulation of libido, growth and development of the sexual organs.

Puberty can be a confusing phase for the teens, as they would be going through certain rapid physical and psychological changes, which may sometimes lead to mood swings and an erratic behaviour.

So, as parents, if you want to be prepared for your child's puberty, then have a look here at some of the early signs that can be seen in your child during the puberty stage.

1. Development Of Breasts (Girls)

When puberty starts to occur in girls, one of the first signs seen is the development of breasts. Their chest region beings to develop to form breasts and it may be quite painful and tender for a few months, until they are fully developed.

2. Growth Of Body Hair (Boys & Girls)

Once puberty sets in, the smooth skin of a girl's body will start to grow hair in places like the arm pits, legs and the pubic region. This sign holds good even for the boys.

signs of puberty

3. Voice Breaking (Boys)

During puberty, a boy's voice gets deeper and more gruff, this process is termed as "voice breaking". In addition, the Adam's apple also becomes more prominent in the throat region of a pubescent boy.

4. Mood Changes (Boys & Girls)

Due to the hormonal changes happening in the body during puberty, teens go through some extreme mood swings. They may suddenly tend to become aggressive, depressed, shy or sad, without any apparent reason.

signs of puberty

In addition, teens during puberty start to develop sexual desires and thoughts, which is again a result of the hormonal changes.

Read more about: parenting, teenage
Story first published: Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 14:37 [IST]
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