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Puberty: girl or boy, how to accompany it?

Puberty: girl or boy, how to accompany it?

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For some time, the body of your child is changing ... buds of breasts point, some hair appear ... While yesterday, he was your little baby, your child begins puberty! How to accompany it? The advice of Dr. Béatrice Di Mascio, pediatrician in Paris.

Who disturbs it?

  • Your child. He feels his body change and does not understand what is happening to him.
  • You. You are troubled. You do not know how to approach the subject. You are afraid to encroach on his private sphere.


It's a girl

  • Between ages 8 and 13, the increase in mammary glands marks the beginning of the first phase of puberty for girls. It is not uncommon for one breast to grow and the breast to be tender. The hairs on the pubic area and under the armpits then appear. During this period, the speed of growth accelerates until the arrival of the first period, between 2 and 3 years later.

What has to be done

  • Reassure her if only one of her breasts starts to point. Ask her, if her chest is painful, to buy her a bra to play sports. Reinforce your complicity by valuing this step which brings it to the world of the big ones!
  • What to tell him. "I'm impressed to have such a tall girl, it's great!"

It's a boy

  • In boys, the first signs of puberty, which begin between 9 and 14 years, are less visible than in girls. First, the volume of the testicles increases, which can make them sensitive. The hairs then appear on the pubis and under the armpits. The penis meanwhile grows up in a second time.
  • Follows a period of great speed V growth! Approximately between 2 and 3 years after these first signs, your boy's voice starts to moult and his face sees the first beard hair begin to appear.

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