The Problems of Puberty
It is nowadays quite common to see female children attain puberty early, around the age of ten.health and fitness Updated: Aug 09, 2003 19:16 IST
Female children may start developing the earliest signs of puberty like breast development, development of genital and armpit hair etc. from the tenth year onwards. It is nowadays quite common to see female children attain puberty early, around the age of ten.
Indeed, with the exposure that children of today have to information on puberty and the changes that go with it, there is a greater awareness among them at an early age.
Though puberty is an important milestone in the life of the girl child, parents often fear the increased responsibility on them as their daughter becomes a woman.
The crampy pain of menstruation that their daughters complain of every month also distresses mothers. This pain is part of the natural menstrual process and the understanding mother should explain all these facts of puberty to her daughter.
When the girl attains puberty, she feels shy about the changes in her bodily appearance. She feels angry about the restrictions imposed on her even though she is proud that she is no longer treated like a child.
It is important to provide girls, a nutritious diet at the time of puberty. Vitamin supplementation with B-complex, supplementation with Iron, Calcium etc. may also need to be given.
First Published: Aug 09, 2003 19:16 IST