Wellness - Growth | 0-18 yrs

Delayed Puberty - What Does It Mean?


Puberty can be a difficult and challenging time for a child because this is the period when the body starts transforming into that of an adult. During puberty, both girls and boys start undergoing quite a lot of physical and psychological changes. Kidshealth.org says these changes are caused by the sex hormones – testosterone in boys and oestrogen in girls. Puberty takes place over a number of years and the age at which it starts and ends varies widely.

But, what happens when there is delayed puberty in children?

Watching his friends develop faster than him can be a difficult time and even frustrating for your child. According to an article titled Delayed Puberty by Luiz Claudio Castro MD, Alan D.Rogol MD and PhD and Dorothy I. Shulman MD published in hormone.org, some common causes of delayed puberty can include:

  • Malnutrition
  • Genetic problems such as Turner syndrome in girls and Klinefelter syndrome in boys.
  • Medical conditions that prevent the intestines from absorbing nutrients from food.

There are also other factors for delayed puberty such as a disorder of the thyroid gland that can affect even an aged person or even eating too much of salt.

Consulting the child’s paediatrician or the family doctor to make sure nothing is wrong is the first step parents should take if their child’s puberty is delayed.

For detailed information on delayed puberty in children including its diagnosis and treatment, please flip through the pages of this ClipBook.


What Causes Delayed Puberty?

Puberty is the time of life when a child’s body matures into an adult. Delayed puberty is when a teen goes through body changes later than the usual age. Some teens are “late bloomers” who just happen to start puberty later than most children thei...

Why Is Your Puberty Delayed?

Watching your friends develop faster than you can be difficult, even frustrating but it's rarely a medical problem. Your body will develop in its own good time. If you're a girl, the typical range of ages for puberty to begin is 9 to 13.

Pituitary, A Culprit In Delayed Puberty

The pituitary is sometimes called the ''master gland.'' The size of a pea, it secretes hormones, and invaded by a tumor, it can halt or speed any hormonal function, drastically affecting bodily functions.

Delayed Puberty? Blame It On Thyroid

Does your child have a delayed puberty, or suffers from dry skin, or is highly susceptible to cold? Chances are your kid suffers from hypothyroidism, a disorder of the thyroid gland.

Too Much Salt 'Could Delay The Onset Of Puberty'

Eating a diet high in salt can seriously delay puberty, according to a new research. A study found that those who had three to four times the amount of salt recommended on a daily basis had a significant delay in reaching puberty.

Delayed Puberty In Boys: Information For Parents

Boys can attain puberty at a wide range of age, with 95% starting between the ages of 9 and 14. We consider puberty delayed when it does not occur by age 14. Late-maturing boys are often impatient to start growing and do not want to wait another 6...

Teen Boys: How To Deal With Late Puberty?

It can be tough to start puberty way after other guys you know. They're already growing, their voices are changing. And you might be stuck with this. Here's the good news: Your body will catch up. And there's a lot you can do to stay happy, fit, a...

How You Can Help Your Tween?

Puberty is a tough time for tweens, but it can be even more upsetting to a tween when all of her friends have developed but she hasn't. Delayed puberty can present a variety of challenges to both the child and the parent.

Delayed Puberty In Girls: Information For Parents

Some girls with delayed puberty are a simply late maturer, but once they start, puberty will progress normally. This is called constitutional delayed puberty and is more common in boys than girls.

Late Onset Of Puberty: Diagnosis And Treatment

For many teens, puberty just happens later. There’s no medical problem. Later puberty is normal in many families. Signs that the delay may be due to a disease include an abrupt change in growth or arrested development, in which puberty starts then...

Delayed Puberty: Faq

Gain a basic understanding of the course of puberty and development, and how it may be delayed in some adolescents.

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