A tween’s puberty can be even more traumatic if all of their pals have matured, but they haven’t. It’s a difficulty that parents and children may work together to overcome when it comes to delayed puberty. Here’s how to handle your tween dealing with delayed puberty.

Delayed puberty in adolescence can make adolescent boys and girls feel abnormal. Even worse, if a student says anything hurtful, it could lead to more anxiety and worry. Be there for your tween, especially if puberty comes later than expected or their physical development is behind.

Delayed Puberty: What Is It?

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Late puberty is when people don’t go through the normal “puberty years” and don’t display any physical changes. When puberty develops later than “normal” in a child’s development, it is called “late puberty.” It takes time to go through puberty. It’s going to take a long time. 

A typical age range for the onset of puberty in females is 8 to 13 years. Between the ages of 9 and 15, it begins for guys. There’s a reason for the wide variety of ages: everyone grows at a different rate. Even at thirteen or fourteen, adolescent males and girls can still grow and develop.

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Nevertheless, delayed puberty may be at fault if your child is 14 or older and still not showing indications of puberty. If your period is taking longer than usual, there’s no need to be alarmed. As a person grows, they do so at their own pace. In families, delayed puberty is also common. Most likely, if you or other family members were born later, so will your tween. Being a “late bloomer” or “constitutional delay” is a term for this.

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It’s crucial to keep in mind; however, delayed puberty can be caused by a wide range of medical issues.

  • Malnutrition: Your child’s body may not be ready for puberty if they aren’t obtaining enough nutrients.
  • The pituitary and thyroid glands cannot produce the hormones necessary for growth because of conditions that damage these glands.
  • Conditions like diabetes and cystic fibrosis make it more difficult for the body to grow.

A Parent's Role In Helping

Patience is a virtue, and it is precisely what you and your tween need in cases of delayed puberty. Reassure your adolescent that puberty comes at its own pace and that their body will change when it’s ready.

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Using deodorant, shaving your legs, and purchasing your first bra are all signs that you’ve matured. Tweens look forward to these activities. These activities should be allowed, even if your child does not need to. Let them participate in typical tween behaviors to help them feel accepted and ready for puberty.

Additionally, remind your tween dealing with delayed puberty that puberty and its accompanying frustrations are just a short-lived period. When this phase ends, your teen will have forgotten all about their current worries and anxiety. Like other phases, this will eventually pass.