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Puberty is an essential part of adolescent development. Some teens long for it, and some dread it, and most will experience both extremes in the intervening years. While puberty is different in boys and girls, some obvious signs can identify when a child has entered puberty. Identifying these signs can help parents and teens prepare themselves for the changes to come.

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1. When Does Puberty Start?

Puberty occurs when a child's body begins to transition toward adulthood. The process typically starts between the ages of ten and 14 for girls and 12 and 16 for boys. Puberty lasts two to five years and entails growth spurts, new pubic and armpit hair, and, in some cases, acne. This latter issue occurs due to hormonal changes in both boys and girls and usually fades by the end of puberty.

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