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Welcome to puberty, the time when kids sprout up, fill out, and maybe even mouth off. Puberty was awkward enough when you were the one going through it. So how can you help your child through all the changes? Stages of Puberty Sure, most of us know the telltale signs of puberty — hair growth in new places, menstruation, body odor, lower voice in boys, breast growth in girls, etc.
But we may not fully comprehend the science behind all of these changes. Here’s a quick look at how it works. At about the same time, the adrenal glands of both boys and girls begin to produce a group of hormones called adrenal androgens. These hormones stimulate the growth of pubic and underarm hair in both sexes. For a Boy The physical changes of puberty for a boy usually start with enlargement of the testicles and sprouting of pubic hair, followed by a growth spurt between ages 10 and 16 — on average 1 to 2 years later than when girls start. His arms, legs, hands, and feet also grow faster than the rest of his body. His body shape will begin to change as his shoulders broaden and he gains weight and muscle.
A boy may become concerned if he notices tenderness or swelling under his nipples. But it usually disappears within 6 months or so. And that first crack in the voice is a sign that his voice is changing and will become deeper. Dark, coarse, curly hair will also sprout just above his penis and on his scrotum, and later under his arms and in the beard area.