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What do I do if my child is 16 and has still not gone through puberty?

What do I do if my child is 16 and has still not gone through puberty?

Call Doc ASAP: No matter what, this is delayed and needs immediate assessment. For either sex, for any reason, 16 is delayed for puberty to have not begun. Call your doc asap... ...Read more

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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 girlfriend is about to start her period and I came and i'm not sure if it was in her .. what do I do if i was and or how do i notice it?

My girlfriend is about to start her period and I came and i'm not sure if it was in her .. what do I do if i was and or how do i notice it?

Sperm swims: Every OB GYN has heard pregnant women swear that their boyfriends "never put it in" or something to that effect. She can also get her pregnant with "pre-cum." Better to use a condom than make your lady friend use Plan B or possibly have a termination. That being said, if she was on her period or just before or immediately after, it was not most likely her fertile time Why take a chance, though ...Read more

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If the PDA my child has is really small, do I need to do anything?

If the PDA my child has is really small, do I need to do anything?

Probably not: A small PDA is unlikely to cause any stress to the heart and should not keep your child from normal growth and development or sports participation in the future. There is a very small risk of an infection in the area of the PDA known as endocarditis, but preventative antibiotics are not recommended. It is not clear whether the risk of this infection is higher than the risk of closing the pda. ...Read more

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My 6 month old is not swallowing solids and always gag and vomit what should I do. I tried since he was 5 month and it is still the same?

My 6 month old is not swallowing solids and always gag and vomit  what should I do. I tried since he was 5 month and it is still the same?

Be patient: Solids are not a required part of infant nutrition. Many cultures keep them totally breast fed for the first year or more before adding solids. The American solid feeding experience was pushed decades ago when breast feeding was discouraged & home made formulas inadequate. Wait a month or two before trying again & take it slow. Review your program with his doc who can modify the plan as needed. ...Read more

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My poop is water yellow what does it mean? This is embarrassing but today i went to the bathroom and had to poop. When i did it hurt and it came out watery and yellowish. I know its late but if any one is out there help. Im a teenager and i don't know if

My poop is water yellow what does it mean? This is embarrassing but today i went to the bathroom and had to poop. When i did it hurt and it came out watery and yellowish. I know its late but if any one is out there help. Im a teenager and i don't know if

Hello. : Hello. I am answering this six days after you wrote in. If you still have similiar symptoms, you need to be medically evaluated. It is watery because it is transiting the colon too quickly. The color yellow signals possible issues with bile salts (liver, gall bladder, common bile ducts). ...Read more

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I don't know where to begin.. But I am really worried about my condition... My penis does not get hard anymore and feels as if i 19 years old, healthy and in shape

I don't know where to begin.. But I am really worried about my condition... My penis does not get hard anymore and feels as if i 19 years old, healthy and in shape

There : There are multiple conditions that can cause this. It is very important that you have a medical evaluation. Different hormonal (endocrine) causes can cause this. There is treatment, but it is very important that you have a medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Hi my gf is not getting her peroiod and she is not feeling well and waht i should i do now?

Hi my gf is not getting her peroiod and she is not feeling well and waht i should i do now?

DO HPT OR SEE DOCTOR: HPT is home pregnancy test if she is not pregnant take her to a doctor she might have some kind of infection or condition that could affect her cycles she is not feeling well so take her to a doctor please ...Read more

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Im 39 weeks pregnant an found out yesterday that I have light growth of thrush so what if it does not go in time will my baby be born with it?

Im 39 weeks pregnant an found out yesterday that I have light growth of thrush so what if it does not go in time will my baby be born with it?

Not likely: Your baby should not be affected by you having thrush. Almost all newborns do get thrush during infancy with their first contact with the yeast that causes thrush. Keep an eye on the inside of your baby's mouth and you see white spots on the inner lips or inner cheeks then ask your baby's doctor for treatment. Thrush is easily treated especially if caught early. ...Read more

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What would my pediatrician do since my period has been longer then it should be and my breasts are sore? Is it necessary to undress completely?process

What would my pediatrician do since my period has been longer then it should be and my breasts are sore? Is it necessary to undress completely?process

Depends: It definitely depends on how long you have been bleeding and what your sexual history is. Breast tenderness is often associated with menstruation. When you go in for an evaluation a pelvic exam may or may not be warranted. Likely your doctor will want to do a urinalysis, urine pregnancy test and ask questions about your menstrual history. ...Read more

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Sometimes when i get really mad and i argue i cry for no reason like if i was a child.. Why is that? And how can it be controlled?

Sometimes when i get really mad and i argue i cry for no reason like if i was a child.. Why is that? And how can it be controlled?

Brain Development!: Talking things through and getting enough exercise & sleep may be enough to help with the adolescent ability to recognize other people's emotions and deal with what may be normal "outbursts!" a "noisier brain, " as we say! but, have a conversation with your pediatrician and let him/her know of your concerns. There may be other, more troubling, causes & though rare, should be considered w her/him! ...Read more

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Is it bad to be 16 and pregnant? Is it unhealthy? What should I except? Have you ever had any experiences with girl being pregnant at my age?

Is it bad to be 16 and pregnant? Is it unhealthy? What should I except? Have you ever had any experiences with girl being pregnant at my age?

Define "bad": Your body is not fully developed yet, so it is indeed a higher risk factor having a baby so young. But one should not generalize. If you follow your doctors instructions exactly, maintain a healthy lifestyle with good, healthy foods, and stay away from poisons to you and your baby such as alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, you can maintain a healthy pregnancy. Just as important is whether emotionally set. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my child is 9 months and I really wanna get her ears pierced. is it bad?

What do you suggest if my child is 9 months and I really wanna get her ears pierced. is it bad?

Not bad: As long as you have the procedure performed at a reputable facility, your baby's vaccines are up to date, and you perform proper cleaning as instructed, you should be safe to have the piercing performed. Using the surgical steel posts ( more expensive but very 'worth it') will reduce the possibility of allergic reactions. Have fun! ...Read more

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I was born with my right ear not fully developed it has no opening to the inside and i can only feel beats why is this im 23 and still have trouble?

I was born with my right ear not fully developed it has no opening to the inside and i can only feel beats why is this im 23 and still have trouble?

There is no opening: If your ear canal does not exist, sound cannot be relayed to your inner ear. By contrast, if your inner ear still functions, the internal sounds are magnified. This includes the pulsations of your carotid artery and jugular vein. Your ear canal, unless surgically created, will remain absent for the duration of your life. ...Read more

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I have yeast infection or had,well the thing is that i dont know if its going always or not and my foreskin is tightening.how do I know if its going a?

I have yeast infection or had,well the thing is that i dont know if its going always or not and my foreskin is tightening.how do I know if its going a?

Consult MD: You need to consult your doctor.We can not tell you without more detailed history like how long you have had Yeast infection and where and who made the diagnosis and what were you treated with.if your goreskin is tight and it can not be retracted,you may need circumcision if it is so. Consult your doctor or urologist ...Read more

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Why does my son say he will do something and then not follow through? He is nearly 20. I need his help.

Why does my son say he will do something and then not follow through? He is nearly 20. I need his help.

Doesn't care/lazy: If he is still living with you i would set some rules and responsibilities for him to abide by. Time to make him more independent and if he continues to sponge off you-ensure he helps out. ...Read more

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What do I do if my child is 16 and has still not gone through puberty?

Call Doc ASAP: No matter what, this is delayed and needs immediate assessment. For either sex, for any reason, 16 is delayed for puberty to have not begun. Call your doc asap... ...Read more

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I am 18 and 5 months bearly through puberty penis and testis child like low pubic hair growth and no deep voice to scared to go doctors for years now can I still grow in height and my penis I can get my hormones sortedI never had the growth spurts everyon

I am 18 and 5 months bearly through puberty penis and testis child like low pubic hair growth and no deep voice to scared to go doctors for years now can I still grow in height and my penis I can get my hormones sortedI never had the growth spurts everyon

No help without : Seeing your doctor, you need to be evaluated right, after physical exam, blood tests and x-rays would tell how your bone age is and whether you need some hormonal treatment to achieve puberty and adolescence, your doctor would refer you to a specialist, mainly an endocrinologist. Don't delay any further, goodluck, ...Read more

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Where a person fails to go through puberty and appears as a child throughout adulthood?

Where a person fails to go through puberty and appears as a child throughout adulthood?

Endocrine issues: The person you mention needs to see an endocrinologist. He/she will let you know if anything can be done. Psychological support may also be useful. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Does being overweight affect the height of a child during growing through puberty?

Does being overweight affect the height of a child during growing through puberty?

Final Height- No: Unless you are malnourished , or have a chronic disease or syndrome, your final height is genetically dtermined, regardless of obesity. ...Read more

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I am 17 male. My puberty started at 15 and i still look like a small child. How can i speed up puberty process?

I am 17 male. My puberty started at 15 and i still look like a small child. How can i speed up puberty process?

Nothing can rush it: You can not rush puberty. If your father went through puberty late you probably will too. At this stage I would at least see your pediatrician to determine if your growth is ok. They may order blood tests, a wrist xray, or make a referral depending on how your previous growth was. ...Read more

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I am 18 and 5 months bearly through puberty penis and testis child like low pubic hair growth and no deep voice to scared to go doctors ?

I am 18 and 5 months bearly through puberty penis and testis child like low pubic hair growth and no deep voice to scared to go doctors ?

Courage: Doctors see all sorts of things and when you go to the doc he/she will diagnose what is going on. You MAY have an hormonal imbalance that can be dealt with more easily than you think. Please do see your doctor. It will give you peace of mind and help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can I still grow 2 more inches at age 16? I went through puberty already but I am still small.

Can I still grow 2 more inches at age 16? I went through puberty already but I am still small.

Still growing: you can keep growing as long as the growth plates in your bones have not closed. The only way to determine that is to get X-rays. ...Read more

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I am 18 but look more like 14. I started puberty when i was 16 and it still isnt completely through. Why do i look so young? Is anything wrong with me

I am 18 but look more like 14. I started puberty when i was 16 and it still isnt completely through. Why do i look so young? Is anything wrong with me

More info: Did puberty arrest, or is it still going on? Are periods regular, did they start and then stop, or did they never start? Any family history of late puberty? You might want to see a gynecologist or endocrinologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Should I lose weight or am I still going through puberty?

Impossible to say: You have provided no useful information upon which to base the answer.When using the site, submit basic information like height, weight, ailments if any, etc. Then ask a question. The public site is not a chat room, so your submissions are not linked and site docs do not have access to your profile,other than age and gender. ...Read more

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How do I know if i'm still going through puberty? I'm sixteen years old.

It is a transition: Puberty is the transition from childhood to adulthood. This occurs in both sexes. The time it takes to complete the transition is variable, but it usually occurs between 12y/o - 16y/o. It can start earlier or later. It can finish earlier or later. As physicians, we look for the signs of puberty during this time: *increase ht/wt *presence of axillary/pubic hair *breast dev *menarche. ...Read more

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My son is 13 grew about 1-2 inches this year but his voice is still high is he going through puberty?

My son is 13 grew about 1-2  inches this year but his voice is still high is he going through puberty?

Don't know: First sign of puberty is testicular enlargement in boys. Sometimes boys start to develop body odor and acne beforehand. Growth rate of 1-2" in a year doesn't sound like a pubertal growth rate. Pubertal delays in boys are diagnosed when puberty hasn't started by age 14. ...Read more

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Boobs itch during puberty and stuff, but I am 25, am i still going through puberty, what do you recommend?

Boobs itch during puberty and stuff, but I am 25, am i still going through puberty, what do you recommend?

Other reasons: I'd look into other reasons for the itching rather than fluctuating hormone levels. The itch could still be hormonally induced, just not from fluctuating levels. Also could be contact dermatitis from your soap, laundry detergent, fabric softener, deodorant. Suggest you see an allergist and/or dermatologist to findout why your breasts "itch". ...Read more

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Does all this acne mean I am still going through puberty?

Does all this acne mean I am still going through puberty?

No: Acne is a problem caused by increased sebum production, bacterial infection, inflammation or accumulation of dead cells at the follicle. Puberty increases sebum production, and that is why acne is seen in puberty but adults can have acne for other reasons. Puberty usually is complete around 14 years in females and around 16 years in boys, although there are late bloomers. ...Read more

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Im still going through puberty but if its still noticible when im not is there any natural way to fix unevenly sized breasts? This is a big insecurity

Im still going through puberty but if its still noticible when im not is there any natural way to fix unevenly sized breasts? This is a big insecurity

Not uncommon: Hi. Breast asymmetry during puberty is not uncommon, and to be quite honest, in adulthood, no two are exactly alike (vive la différence!). So don't worry at this point, and my humble opinion would be don't worry at ANY point. Of course we all understand that there are insecurities during puberty. But be good, live right, and I would bet you never get a complaint about your breasts. ...Read more

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Does a girl's voice change and if it didn't when they're 16 can they still be going through puberty?

No and yes: A girls voice does not change as much as a male's in puberty. And at 16 yes she can still be going through puberty. Testosterone is what changes a male's voice... ...Read more

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I'm an 18 y/o male. I already went through puberty but i still look like i'm 15/16. I am skinny and have muscle. Anything i can do to make face mature?

I'm an 18 y/o male. I already went through puberty but i still look like i'm 15/16. I am skinny and have muscle. Anything i can do to make face mature?

Enjoy who you are: Congratulations on these steps in becoming a man. You suggest you have both muscle mass and muscle definition ("skinny") and these are great -- i hope you'll continue to lead an athletic lifestyle. I'm having some trouble understanding your question. If you want a thicker beard, this may or may not come with time depending on your genes; many women prefer a sparsely-bearded man. Can you clarify? ...Read more