Puberty is an exciting and bumpy ride for kids. While everything that happens during puberty is completely normal and natural, your child may have some concerns about their changing bodies. No matter how big or small, Banner Children’s is here to help you navigate all of child’s puberty concerns.
Some common concerns girls may have about their changing bodies include:
Girls may experience some anxieties about breast development and become self-conscious about their bodies, especially when it comes to breasts growing at different rates. Make sure your daughter knows that it’s normal for breast sizes to differ and they’re rarely symmetrical. Try to help your daughter feel as comfortable as possible with this change.
One of the biggest changes your daughter will experience during puberty is her new menstrual cycle. One of the best things parents can do is to prepare your daughter for this new experience. Some topics around menstruation that your daughter should know include:
Boys may have questions about the following changes they’ll see in their bodies during puberty:
As their voice box enlarges and vocal cords grow their voice may crack as they speak. Explain to your son that this is completely normal and will go away as he goes through puberty.
During puberty, your son may wake up to find sticky damp areas in his pajama pants and sheets. Explain that these are called “wet dreams” and are not caused by urination, but rather by ejaculation that occurs during sleep. Reassure your son that these are completely normal and do not mean that he was having a sexual dream – they’re just a part of growing up.
Boys will experience involuntary erections spontaneously during puberty without any touching or sexual thoughts. These erections can be unexpected and embarrassing, especially if they happen in public. Let your son know that these are normal signs of their body maturing and they happen to all boys during puberty. They will become less frequent as time goes on.
If your child has any additional puberty concerns that you’re not sure how to address, lean on the knowledgeable staff at Banner Children’s to get you this information.