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Is it normal that my 12 year old daughter's waist is curvier than the other side?? Is it because of puberty?

Is it normal that my 12 year old daughter's waist is curvier than the other side?? Is it because of puberty?

What other side?: I am not clear on your question. Are you asking if one side of her waist being curvier than the other is normal? If that is your question, then she definitely needs a physical exam to evaluate this asymmetry that you are noticing. It could possibly be a scoliosis deformity that we want to define and watch over time. ...Read more

Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Puberty (Definition)

Puberty is the normal condition in which a humans physically change from child to a teenage pre-adult who is able to reproduce (become fertile, able to have children). Pubertal development is divided into 5 stages by appearance (Tanner stages). Adolescence is time when puberty occurs, and includes ...Read more


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My 12 year old daughter's hips and back hurts. Is it because of puberty??

My 12 year old daughter's hips and back hurts. Is it because of puberty??

Unlikely: Please get her checked, pubertal growth isn't known to cause such picture, may be some colicky pains associated with ovulatory periods after starting her menses, but not back or hip pains, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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My 12 year old daughter has a slight uneven waist curved?? Is this puberty hormones??

My 12 year old daughter has a slight uneven waist curved?? Is this puberty hormones??

Time for a visit: To me an uneven waist suggests she is developing scoliosis.This is most common during periods of more rapid growth as the vertebrae get taller and may not stack up correctly. Catch it early and sometimes therapy/bracing can prevent the need for surgery later on. ...Read more

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Is a penis size of 4.3-4.5 inches erect average for a 12 year old boy? (During puberty)

Is a penis size of 4.3-4.5 inches erect average for a 12 year old boy? (During puberty)

Within normal range: It also depends on how you are measuring it. It is plenty long enough at your age. You have a lot of other things to worry about at your age that are far more important than the length of your penis unless your goal in life is to perform in porn movies. ...Read more

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Ok so my 12 year old daughter is always tired and mopey. How much sleep should she get? Or is this just puberty. (has breast buds and discharge)

Ok so my 12 year old daughter is always tired and mopey. How much sleep should she get? Or is this just puberty. (has breast buds and discharge)

Sleep needs: A pubertal child should never get less than 9hr sleep/night & during a growth spurt may need more. After she hits her final height /stage she can get by on 8. The sighs you mention suggest she is entering a rapid growth phase. If she is getting good sleep & is still tired she needs an evaluation. Sluggishness at this age can be caused by a variety of issues. ...Read more

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I have stretch marks on my shoulders from puberty (12 years old) and I want them gone...

I have stretch marks on my shoulders from puberty (12 years old) and I want them gone...

Scars & VitaminE: Life holds no guarantees as we know, but vitamin e oil placed directly on the scar regularly can help to fade or remove the scar. You can get a bottle of it in the drug store. It's inexpensive and worth a try; just be patient. Please see a dermatologist for other options. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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12 yr old face gets red and hot all the time. Is this puberty?

No: Puberty in a boy includes an increase in testicular size and maybe pubic hair. In girls, breast development and maybe pubic hair. ...Read more

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MY 12yr old son has a lump on his breast, it was painful but now he says its not. He is adhd and on concerta. I been told its puberty. Is it?

MY 12yr old son has a lump on his breast, it was painful but now he says its not. He is adhd and on concerta. I been told its puberty. Is it?

Breast lump.: All lumps are not the same. Several factors determine the urgency of the lump. If it involves both sides, it it more likely to be related to hormonal changes with puberty. I would recommend a formal consultation or evaluation with primary care physician. ...Read more

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I'm 17 yo but my height is only 5'.I've attended puberty at 12 yo. I'd like to increase my height upto 5'5. Is there any solution to increase my height?

I'm 17 yo but my height is only 5'.I've attended puberty at 12 yo. I'd like to increase my height upto 5'5. Is there any solution to increase my height?

No.: Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do at this point to increase your height. Most girls stop growing about 3 years after their first menstrual period. By now, the growth plates in your bones have most likely shut down and fused together. ...Read more

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Almost 12yo son has small lump behind one nipple. Nurse said not to be concerned, most likely hormones/puberty. Just looking for reassurance.

Almost 12yo son has small lump behind one nipple. Nurse said not to be concerned, most likely hormones/puberty. Just looking for reassurance.

Totally normal: I can easily reassure you. A little bit of asymmetric breast tissue right under the nipples in this tween, early puberty age group of your son is quite normal. (called gynecomastia) The other side might soon be involved. Nothing to worry about though some boys don't like the look under t- shirts so gently discuss solutions for him. ...Read more

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Any insights on when does puberty usually start for boys and how do you know when it's begun? I have an 8 year old.

Any insights on when does puberty usually start for boys and how do you know when it's begun? I have an 8 year old.

Between 9 and 12.: Puberty in boys usually starts between 9 and 12. The first signs are rapid growth (height) and some enlargement of the scrotum and testicles. Penile growth and pubic hair come next. If you think your 8 year old is showing signs of puberty, you should discuss this with his doctor. ...Read more

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How large should a 12 year old boys penis be? (flaccid and erected)

How large should a 12 year old boys penis be? (flaccid and erected)

Varies greatly: There is no one right answer for this, as everyone is different. Especially around the early teen years, there is a huge variety in size due to people starting puberty at different times. It is definitely something that most stress over during that time of life, but there is nothing that can be done to increase it, so it is important to try to realize that you are normal how you are. See less. ...Read more

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If a 10 year old boy hits puberty, how soon can he expect certain things?

If a 10 year old boy hits puberty, how soon can he expect certain things?

See below: Testicular enlargement is the first thing noticeable followed by curly pubic hair and enlargement of penis, growth spurt (age 14), axillary hair, facial hair, and deepening of voice. ...Read more

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What is minimum healthy weight for a 11 year old who is 5'3 and already went through puberty?

What is minimum healthy weight for a 11 year old who is 5'3 and already went through puberty?

Boy or girl?: Since there is insufficient information to answer your question, go to http://www. Healthychildren. Org/English/tips-tools/Pages/default. Aspx for CDC growth charts for boys & girls age 2-20. Plot weight & height for age in years & months. Calculate body mass index, http://bmisite. Net/bmi-children. Php? Gclid=CKiGzPuXocACFa5AMgodPXsAig. A BMI of 5th-85th%ile is in the normal range. ...Read more

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I am a 20 year old female and I still haven't hit puberty, is there anything I can do about this?

Go to endo..: Endocrinologist will take few tests and xray to find out why you have delayed puberty. ...Read more

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Are most sixteen year olds done with puberty?

Most are menarchal: In our epidemiologic studies, 95% of girls have started menses by age 16, and are pubertal. Early menses (and major obesity (late). Particularly in early menarche, assessment for pcos is often indicated. ...Read more

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Is it possible to grow taller after puberty? I'm 23 year old nd I stopped growing at the age of 15.Is there any exercise so that I can grow 2 inches

Is it possible to grow taller after puberty? I'm 23 year old nd I stopped growing at the age of 15.Is there any exercise so that I can grow 2 inches

Growing taller: Once your growth plates have closed off in your bones you will stop growing. There is not drug to change this. Growth hormone can only be used to increase height while the growth plates are still open. ...Read more

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My 10 year old son has been getting genuine hot flashes for a couple of months now. They come on suddenly & last about a minute. Could it be puberty?

My 10 year old son has been getting genuine hot flashes for a couple of months now. They come on suddenly & last about a minute. Could it be puberty?

Maybe: Have you discussed it with his pediatrician? If not, do so. And your pediatrician might want to do an endocrinology evaluation for hormone levels. Or it might be a medication the child is already taking. ...Read more

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I'm a 13 year old male going through puberty. Ever since I started going through it, I had anxiety. It would be on going. Some days it was bad, someday?

I'm a 13 year old male going through puberty. Ever since I started going through it, I had anxiety. It would be on going. Some days it was bad, someday?

Relax this is normal: Talk to your pediatrician. They should be able to explain the how's and why's and guide you through what to expect and put your mind to rest. Do not be afraid to ask anything at all. We understand ...Read more

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Why hasn't my 15 year old girl hit puberty?

Why hasn't my 15 year old girl hit puberty?

Familial?: At what age did you hit puberty?
Do you see any signs of her body changing? Breast development, pubic and axillary hair?
Has she seen a doctor on a regular basis who has tracked her growth and development? ...Read more

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I'm a 16 year old girl who hasn't hit puberty. Is this common?

No: Any girl who has not had nipple enlargement by 13 and menses by 15 should have an evaluation done. A pediatric endocrinologist would be my referral destination, but there are some tests I would order while awaiting a chance for the patient to be seen. A bone age, hormonal studies and possible chromosome study would be a starting point. ...Read more

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How much growth would you say a 14 year old girl with late puberty has left?

How much growth would you say a 14 year old girl with late puberty has left?

Growth: The only way to tell is to have a "bone age x-ray " performed. This measures the maturity and closure of the growth plates. In girls bone age 14 means the plates appear fused or closed. A bone age younger means there is extra time to grow. ...Read more