Adolescence, or teenage as we more commonly know it, is characterized by significant physical growth and changes. It is these few years where the child not only grows into adulthood physically, but also mentally and emotionally.
The physical changes during puberty differ in boys and girls. Usually, these changes start occurring once your child hits the puberty age. This age, too, is different for everybody. So what are some of the major developments that are expected during this growth phase? Let’s take a look on what are some changes that occur in males and females during puberty..
10 Physical Changes During Puberty:
Some major changes occur in adolescent boys and girls. During this period, the body starts to develop and grow into physical maturity. This is the time when your body will start developing all the secondary sexual characteristics.
Physical Changes In Girls During Puberty:
The physical changes for females during puberty experience are marked by the following features of growth:
- Puberty in girls is marked by the start of the menstruation cycle, commonly referred to as periods.
- A major physical development is that of the breast that grows during the teenage years and attains full growth by the age of 18 years.
- Hair growth in the pubic area and the armpits are also observed. The normal cycle of hair growth that is seen in adults is reached by the average age of 14 years.
- The adolescent years are also marked by a rapid growth spurt. In girls this growth spurt starts at the age of 11 or usually around the time she reaches menarche and slows down by the age of 16.
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Physical Changes In Boys During Puberty:
The physical changes during puberty for males that occur are different in a number of ways. The developments that a boy undergoes during adolescence are:
- In boys, the scrotum and the testicles start to grow when they reach puberty.
- The penis also increase in length and reaches the proper adult size and shape by the age of 17 or 18.
- There is a hair growth observed in the pubis area, armpits as well as the chest and the face. This usually starts around the age of 12; by the time the boy reaches 18 years of age, the pattern of hair growth resembles those of adults.
- The growth spurt starts at about 13 years and continues on to about 18 years of age. After that, the growth slows down.
- Another physical change that is observed in adolescent boys is the change in their voices. Their vocal cords grow and as a result, the voice pitch changes into a heavier tone.
- Physical development and changes at such a sudden and fast rate is quite something for the adolescent kid to deal with. This is the time when the child is in constant need of support and care.
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How To Help An Adolescent To Cope With The Changes?
It is important to keep in mind that though the physical development in adolescence is very rapid, the mental faculties are still in the developmental stage.
- With adolescence comes a whole new range of emotions, a new found sense of responsibility and freedom, and a lot of physical changes. The child is sometimes unable to keep pace with all the changes occurring in its body.
- Most times, adolescents distance themselves from their parents and tend to resort to their peer group for answers. It is at this point that you as the parent need to step forward and be a friend and guide to your child.
- Make sure that your child is well-informed about all the physical changes during adolescence he or she has to experience.
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The key is to be patient and understanding as your child goes through this turbulent period. Ensure a healthy growth for your child and make the parent-child bond stronger!
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