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Signs of puberty in boys

Pubic and facial hair, changes in voice, acne and other common signs of puberty in boys.

Puberty is when children start to become adults. With hormonal, physical and emotional changes, a child undergoing puberty has a lot to deal with. A lot of people, especially parents, associate puberty with mood swings, aggression, rebellion and a complete shift in their child's personality. While hormonal changes does bring about a lot of emotional changes too, most of the time the 'moodiness' is because of the physical changes a 12-14 year old child is going through and is not comfortable sharing with parents or any adult. While puberty is different for person to person, says Dr Shuchi Dalvi, child psychologist, there are a few common signs of puberty in boys.

  • The initial signs of puberty is that the testicles mature, getting bigger, while the scrotum gets thinner and turns darker.
  • Also, the pelvic area along with the penis starts getting darker.
  • Pubic hair also starts sprouting around this time, along with underarm hair.
  • Some boys also start growing facial hair. For some boys, facial hair can come in later.
  • This is also when boys become sexually mature and will start having wet dreams.
  • Also, boys will consciously start getting an erection when sexually aroused.
  • Boys will start sweating more.
  • Their voice will undergo a lot of change and become deeper.
  • A lot of boys can experience changes in the skin. Oily, or suddenly dry skin and even acne during puberty is common.
  • Boys also undergo a lot of emotional changes. They can experience mood swings, becoming reclusive, aggression. Owing to all the changes their body is undergoing, especially skin problems, they can also experience low self-esteem and body image issues.

Puberty is the time when children need the support and understanding from their parents. As a parent, you need to talk to your child and help him understand that whatever he is going through is a normal rite of growing up and nothing to be worried, or ashamed of. Also, be there for your child and let them understand that he can approach you with any of his questions and concerns.

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