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♥Mrs.Garcia 18 kids; Houston, Texas 13802 posts
12th Apr '13
Quoting Froggy-Ninja-Pirate-Mama:" He's about the size of an 11 or 12 year old. He's always been kinda tall for his age but recently he ... [snip!] ... that hitting puberty at this age can cause problems like stunting a child's growth and I was worried about emotional issues."

Your feelings are valid! In girls that start their period early can stunt their growth. Early onset of puberty comes with emotional issues too because of all the hormones and then social issues when his peers are not going through puberty... etc. Just go get a second opinion. They are suppose to get tall and put on weight but I'm not sure how much is normal in a year and what is considered peak.

Froggy-Ninja-Pirate-Mama 3 kids; Cookeville, Tennessee 9598 posts
12th Apr '13
Quoting Rebekah:" I think we've talked about living in the same town before. Out of curiousity, who's your pedi?"

He goes to Cookeville Pediatrics and saw Dr. Franklin. I should've known better though because Dr. Franklin is the same doctor who told me my 2.5yr old daughter was overweight for her height at 32 inches tall and 28lbs... Which is definitely not overweight, now this. I won't be seeing him again.

♥Mrs.Garcia 18 kids; Houston, Texas 13802 posts
12th Apr '13
Quoting Froggy-Ninja-Pirate-Mama:" Good to know. How do I communicate with him though? That sounds dumb, lol but what I mean is if he ... [snip!] ... or should I just tell him what he needs to know and give him information on more of a need to know basis as he matures more?"

You and your doctor (maybe) knows your child and where he is cognitively, so that is a conversation you should have with the pedi. Some options are you can draw a picture explaining different parts of the body. Just make sure you tell him that it is okay and he's becoming a MAN. He should be proud. Lots of pride and love. lol I had a friend that made a power point presentation (I kid you not) but her child was 11. lol

Rebekah 2 kids; Tennessee 5523 posts
12th Apr '13
Quoting Froggy-Ninja-Pirate-Mama:" He goes to Cookeville Pediatrics and saw Dr. Franklin. I should've known better though because Dr. Franklin ... [snip!] ... for her height at 32 inches tall and 28lbs... Which is definitely not overweight, now this. I won't be seeing him again."


He was MY pedi. He needs to retire. Is Leslie Treece in that office? I heard she's great. I use Kids Kare

Froggy-Ninja-Pirate-Mama 3 kids; Cookeville, Tennessee 9598 posts
12th Apr '13
Quoting Rebekah:" He was MY pedi. He needs to retire. Is Leslie Treece in that office? I heard she's great. I use Kids Kare"


ROFL! He really does need to retire. I've been thinking of switching over to Kids Kare but am still undecided. I'm not sure if Leslie Treece is still there or not, I know we haven't seen her though. My son's pedi used to be Kelley Henson and I really loved her; she has a brother with Asperger's but she moved to VA. Now, we've been seeing other doctors there but I'm not impressed.

Rebekah 2 kids; Tennessee 5523 posts
12th Apr '13
Quoting Froggy-Ninja-Pirate-Mama:" ROFL! He really does need to retire. I've been thinking of switching over to Kids Kare but am still ... [snip!] ... her; she has a brother with Asperger's but she moved to VA. Now, we've been seeing other doctors there but I'm not impressed."


I like everyone at Kids Kare, but we only go for well checks except when DD had multiple ear infections.

jo-jo 2 kids; ..., SA, Australia 2303 posts
12th Apr '13
Quoting ♥Mrs.Garcia:" Just to add the initial onset of puberty in boys is at 9.5 years. But like I said it's a LONG process. The final pubic hair pattern isn't developed until the average age of 18."


This is what my pediatrician told me. My ds is 9 and he is hairy (everywhere), I make sure he showers everyday (which at times takes alot of effort) uses deodorant and I have brought him a cleanser for his face (his skin is fantastic) but he does get the occasional little pimple that looks like a mosquito bite. I have noticed a slight change in his moods and his voice. I know this process of puberty in boys can take a while so we will just ride it out and hopefully he will feel comfortable with discussing certain changes with us, if he wants to.

lamr - 02-08-13-21 2 kids; Crazytown, ON, Canada 5996 posts
12th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Froggy-Ninja-Pirate-Mama:</b>" Good to know. How do I communicate with him though? That sounds dumb, lol but what I mean is if he ... [snip!] ... or should I just tell him what he needs to know and give him information on more of a need to know basis as he matures more?"</blockquote>




What is there really to explain? Why he's getting hair? Everything can be explained by telling him that he's getting older and that's what happens when you get older.

user banned 2 kids; Cincinnati, Ohio 2256 posts
13th Apr '13
Quoting Kimber-lily:" Why are you taking him to the doctor about puberty? I got my period at 10 and had DD's by the time I was 13. Lol"


Uh who else would you talk to about your son's development?



And girls are different than boys. Obviously.

Kimber-lily Due September 27 (girl); 4 kids; Nova Scotia 28962 posts
13th Apr '13
Quoting DZ&JZ:" Uh who else would you talk to about your son's development? And girls are different than boys. Obviously."


uh because it's perfectly normal for a child to go through puberty. I wouldn't take mine because they got pubic hair and hormonal.

user banned 2 kids; Cincinnati, Ohio 2256 posts
13th Apr '13
Quoting Kimber-lily:" uh because it's perfectly normal for a child to go through puberty. I wouldn't take mine because they got pubic hair and hormonal. "


If they have questions about it, you suggest to just ignore the concern? uh, I feel sorry for your children then.

Kimber-lily Due September 27 (girl); 4 kids; Nova Scotia 28962 posts
13th Apr '13
Quoting DZ&JZ:" If they have questions about it, you suggest to just ignore the concern? uh, I feel sorry for your children then."


lmfao, that's exactly what I said. Thank you for explaining it more clearly.



You're a f**king idiot. :)

user banned 2 kids; Cincinnati, Ohio 2256 posts
13th Apr '13
Quoting Kimber-lily:" lmfao, that's exactly what I said. Thank you for explaining it more clearly. You're a f**king idiot. :) "

Clearly you have no idea what you are talking about so I'll just continue to feel sorry for your ignorance.



OP...definitely, if I had a concern about my son's DEVELOPMENT (and yes, that includes puberty, whether early or late), I would ask a pediatrician. That's what they are there for--to help you in the journey of your child's health. Being autistic, I would definitely make sure that it is normal, because a LOT of changes can happen during puberty to his mental state. And if it is determined that he is going through it early, or too quickly, at least the pedi can help you prepare for what potentially could change in his behaviors.
Puberty is normal. Having questions is normal. There is no such thing as a 'stupid question' when it comes to your child's health.