Experiencing puberty issues with your teen? Here are three things to watch out for to make it a smooth transition from child to young adult.
You certainly have a lot to think about as a parent and there are some aspects of your child’s life that are going to be more difficult than others. One of the greatest challenges for a first-time parent is puberty. If it’s your second or third child, then you’ll know some of the bumps in the road that is on the way. But first-timers are in for a shock. There are hormones, new emotions and a lot of anger as well as arguments and mood swings. However, on top of this, you also need to be aware of the potential development of numerous health issues. Let’s explore a few.
Depression And Self Harm
Unfortunately, self-harm is far more common than most parents realize and there are a lot of misconceptions about it. First, it’s not always a child that wants to be noticed. Some kids will self-harm because they genuinely want to hurt themselves. Second, it’s not always related to suicide. Some children love the pain but would never consider killing themselves. It’s a frightening and peculiar issue and one of the most important things to understand is that it’s like a drug and highly addictive. When you self harm the body releases endorphins and it’s easy to get addicted to this natural drug. It’s also more common with girls and one in seven are believed to self-harm before they are 18. However, it’s not unheard of for boys to self-harm as well.
Self-harm may also be related to depression but this is not always the case. There are numerous reasons why a teen might self-harm beyond feeling depressed. You need to make sure that you understand how they feel and how to help them. It’s vital that there’s an open and honest relationship there.
There are physical health issues to watch out for and be aware of too. For instance, you need to think about whether your child is showing any signs of scoliosis. This is perhaps best understood as the curvature of the spine and it can be quite severe. However, in the majority of cases, it’s easily treatable. Scoliosis treatments focus on preventing the spine from curving any further or causing damage to organs. In most cases, this is not necessary. While the causes of scoliosis are not fully understood it can be triggered by a significant growth spurt over a relatively short period of time.
You may not want to consider this but once children reach puberty, they are likely to start having sex. Research shows that teenagers are becoming more sexually aware at an early age but they might not have the knowledge or understanding of why it’s important to use protection. To deal with this, you need to educate them about the potential issues and make it as easy as possible to practise sex safely.
We hope this helps you understand some of the health issues that you need to watch out for and be aware of through puberty. It’s important that you do know how to deal with these problems rather than trying to prevent them from happening.