Your daughter is asking about getting her first bra, and your son comes home from soccer practice smelling like he's been digging on a road crew all day. What's going on? Welcome to puberty, the time when kids sprout up, fill out, and maybe even mouth off.
Back to Sexual health. Puberty is when a child's body begins to develop and change as they become an adult. Girls develop breasts and start their periods.
Thelarche is the onset of secondary breast development, which often represents the beginning of pubertal development. Pubertal changes, including breast development, are assessed using the Tanner Scale Sexual Maturity Rating Scale where stage 1 represents the lack of breast development, stage 2 is the breast budding or thelarche stage, stages 3 and 4 are continual breast growth and areolar development, and finally, stage 5 signifies completion of development. The growth and accumulation of adipose tissue in the breasts are induced by estrogenwhile the development of mammary glands and areolae are caused by progesterone ; both estrogen and progesterone are produced by ovaries. Premature thelarche is a benign condition in which a young female has breast development before the age of 8 without any accompanied pubertal changes.
Puberty typically isn't a favorite memory for any of us. During that angst-ridden ride between childhood and adulthood, nearly everyone's best goal is simply to fit in. That's even tougher when you're only in second grade.
The teenage years are also called adolescence. During this time, teens will see the greatest amount of growth in height and weight. Adolescence is a time for growth spurts and puberty changes.
Here's an overview of the major physical changes girls can expect as they go through puberty:. Girls usually begin puberty between the ages of 8 and 13 years old. The earliest sign of puberty in most girls is the development of breast "buds," nickel-sized bumps under the nipple.
Precocious puberty is when a child's body begins changing into that of an adult puberty too soon. When puberty begins before age 8 in girls and before age 9 in boys, it is considered precocious puberty. Puberty includes rapid growth of bones and muscles, changes in body shape and size, and development of the body's ability to reproduce. The cause of precocious puberty often can't be found.
In certain conditions, some girls start way earlier or way later than that. But for girls with a normal growth and development curve, puberty will start during their middle school or high school years. During puberty, there is a natural increase in the hormone estrogen in the body.