1. Pre-teens
  2. Development

Pre-teen physical development

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    Brain development: teenagers

    As children become teenagers, their brains grow and change, which affects thinking and behaviour. Read how to help with healthy teenage brain development.

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    Hygiene: pre-teens and teenagers

    Our essential guide to daily personal hygiene for pre-teens and teens covers clean hands, body odour, smelly feet, bad breath, dental care, periods and shaving.

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    This practical guide explains how to help teenage girls with periods, including talking about first periods, sanitary pads, tampons and period pain.

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    Physical changes in puberty: girls and boys

    In puberty big changes happen inside and outside your child’s body. Here’s what to expect and when physical changes in puberty happen for girls and boys.

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    Puberty: helping your child handle the changes

    In puberty, your child goes through many physical and emotional changes. It’s a lot to handle, but you can help by talking and promoting healthy choices.

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    Puberty: when it’s early or late

    Early puberty is before 8 years in girls and 9 years in boys. Late puberty is after 13 years in girls and 14 years in boys. See your GP if you're worried.

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