Having an adolescent often brings up parents' uncomfortable
memories of going through
puberty themselves. Fortunately, education and support
for adolescents during this period of life are becoming increasingly common.
But adolescents still need parental guidance about what to expect and assurance
that everyone goes through similar changes during puberty. When a teen is given
encouragement, puberty can be a creative and affirming time of life.
Talk to your children before physical changes start to happen. Instead of
overloading your child in one sitting, talk to your child over a period of a
year or two about changes that are upcoming. Offer your child books about
puberty that are geared toward teens, and set a time to talk about what your
Tumors of many different cell types may form in the spinal cord. Low-grade spinal cord tumors usually do not spread. High-grade spinal cord tumors may spread to other places in the spinal cord or to the brain. See the following PDQ summaries for more information on staging and treatment of newly diagnosed and recurrent childhood spinal cord tumors:
Childhood Astrocytomas Treatment
Childhood Central Nervous System Embryonal Tumors Treatment
Childhood Ependymoma Treatment
Share some of your own teen experiences so that
your child will know that Mom and Dad went through this time, too.
Young adolescents may not be aware of developing body odor and the need
for deodorants and more frequent bathing. They may develop
whiteheads and blackheads, or
acne and need instruction on how to care for their
skin. For more information, see the topic Acne.
teens about the changes that occur with puberty, such as the following:
Girls' hips become more
Girls' nipples grow first and then the breast under
Girls and boys get fine pubic and underarm hair, and then the
hair becomes coarser.
Boys' penises and testicles grow
Boys sometimes have wet dreams.
have temporary breast growth during puberty.
Menstruation is a sign that girls can become pregnant.
Girls should be instructed on how to use pads or tampons. Explain that periods
may not be regular at first but they typically last 4 to 6 days and occur every
21 to 45 days in the first two years.
Show compassion. Let your child know that you are there to
help and will not tease or ridicule.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
April 15, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 15, 2010
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