American Medical Association Boy's Guide to Becoming a Teen by American Medical Association, Kate Gruenwald Pfeifer

By American Medical Association, Kate Gruenwald Pfeifer

Turning into a youngster is a crucial milestone in each boy’s existence. It’s much more vital to get solutions and recommendation to the most typical overall healthiness matters boys face from a relied on resource. the yankee scientific organization Boy’s consultant to changing into an adolescent is full of beneficial suggestion to get you prepared for the alterations you'll event in the course of puberty. know about those vital subject matters and extra: Puberty and what forms of actual and emotional adjustments you could expect—from your constructing physique in your emotions approximately girlsThe significance of consuming the correct meals and taking good care of your bodyPimples, zits, and the way to correctly deal with your skinYour reproductive system—inside and outThinking approximately relationships and working with new emotions

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What if I’m really unhappy with my height? Men in our society feel a lot of pressure about their height. Many boys think they need to be tall and strong in order to get attention. Or they worry that they won’t be successful if they’re short. But this is far from the reality. Just look around at the men you know—you’ll see that height has nothing to do with getting a good job, being smart, being respected, falling in love, or being good at sports. qxd 3/24/06 1:41 PM Page 34 Also keep in mind that you have no control over your height.

Teenage boys worry a lot about their height. Although thinking about your height is normal, try not to stress out about it. How much will I grow? When you were younger, you grew about 2 inches a year. During puberty, you may grow as much as 4 or 5 inches in a year! By the end of puberty, you may end up being as much as 10 or more inches taller than you were when you started puberty. The average height for men in the United States is 5 feet 10 inches. But look at the men you know and you will see that their heights differ quite a lot.

The spine of a person with scoliosis curves to the left or to the right instead of being straight. Scoliosis usually develops during the years when children are going through their growth spurt, sometime between the ages of 10 and 16. If the curve is mild, it doesn’t require any treatment. If the curve is significant, the doctor may recommend special exercises to help straighten it. Sometimes surgery or other treatment is necessary to correct the curve. qxd 3/28/06 9:44 AM Page 36 CHAPTER FOUR Your Skin, Teeth, and Hair Your skin is another thing that may change during puberty.

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