It started happening to my year-old daughter this spring. The pants I hemmed up in June were too short by October, despite only being washed once. As a loving mom and adolescent medicine specialist, these are heady times for me. I am proud of my daughter and thrilled to see her embark on this road toward womanhood. I know that she is progressing normally. My daughter is perfectly normal. Puberty, often first recognized at the onset of breast development, usually begins about the time a girl turns For instance, it may occur between the ages of 8 and 14 in white girls, and may begin as early as 7 years of age in African American girls. Tracking the changes during puberty These changes, and the other physical changes of puberty, occur in a predictable sequence.
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At the same time the areola or area around the nipple, which before puberty looks similar in boys and girls, increases in size in both sexes in puberty but less so in boys than in girls. Also true breast development often occurs in boys. More than a third of normal boys go on to grow a small amount of breast tissue during middle or late puberty. Just as in girls this growth is sometimes unequal and occasionally can be quite marked which can make boys worried as well as embarrassed. The early minor changes in breast growth can cause mild pain or tenderness just as you describe in your son. He may feel a small lump or cyst behind one or both nipples or notice some breast enlargement.
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All women — including your mom, female teachers and aunts — went through puberty. They can be a great resource for you as you have questions along the way. As you prepare to grow into a beautiful, confident woman it can be exciting, but also scary. Read below to find out more about puberty in girls and the exciting changes that await you and other girls like you. One major change you may notice is growing faster than you did during childhood. This is known as a growth spurt. First, you may notice your feet and hands getting bigger. Next, the arm and leg bones grow, making you taller. You may gain some weight to match the increase in your bone size.
All boys and men have breasts, but the amount of breast tissue is usually very small and their breasts do not show. When the amount of breast tissue is large enough to be seen, doctors call it gynaecomastia' say guy -nee-co- mass -ti-a. Boys can be a bit scared if this is happening to them. Being overweight can make it seem like boys, or men, have breasts, but fat under skin is the cause of the shape. As well as androgens the male hormones your glands will make some oestrogens female hormones. Our topic 'Secret boys business' has other information about being a boy that may be helpful to you. Yet more than half of boys will have some development of breast tissue. If you are one of these then don't worry.