Starting Puberty Already???

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Registered: 08-16-2008
Starting Puberty Already???
Sat, 08-16-2008 - 9:22am

I know I have not posted her before but I am trying to find someone who is going through the same thing or even heard of this....

I have a 7 1/2 year old daughter and she started getting actual B.O. a couple weeks ago. I actually thought my 13 year old son forgot deodorant one day but it was her after out playing. Well I thought that was kind of odd so I made an appointment with her doctor.


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Registered: 04-02-2008
Sat, 08-16-2008 - 6:33pm

I don't have any girls but I have heard that girls are going through puberty at earlier ages.


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Registered: 03-18-2004
Sat, 08-16-2008 - 11:46pm
Is the doctor sure? I know it is possible (I started my period at 9 and my mom at 8) but it is not the norm. I would make sure I explained everything to her just in case. I can only imagine how scary it would be if I hadn't known what was going on

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Registered: 03-21-2007
Sat, 08-16-2008 - 11:59pm

The median age to start a period is 11 now (it was 13 when I was a girl so it is dropping). That being said, lots of girls have BO at 7-8. The neighbor girl was as strong as an adult at 5. When she was around I would always check myself only to discover it was her! She is on prednisone for athsma and I think that may trigger hers. O has started to get a little "ripe" (smells more sour than strong) under the arms and recently got some deoderant.

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Registered: 12-04-2006
Mon, 08-18-2008 - 11:05am

I have a friend at work who states her 9 year old started her period this year. And yeah, I work in the er and see kids every day who you would ever think were 10 or 11 cause they look much older. Actually had a larger sized 11 year old who had to have a pelvic exam the other day (full woman's type exam).

It can happen and does.

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Tue, 08-19-2008 - 12:57pm

The doctor isn't neccessarily right in this case. My oldest started having B.O. problems around 8... not everyday but on hot, humid

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Registered: 12-01-2006
Wed, 08-20-2008 - 12:27pm

Lurker here.. My 10 yr old DD started early.. I think. the BO kicked in around 7 1/2. around 8 1/2, I started noticing, Breast buds. By 9 1/2, they are much bigger. We finally got her a bra around 9. She just turned 10, and Im asking myself.. Whats next. Our niece started her period at 10. My other niece is 11 and hasnt started. I have a SD who over the summer was with us, and I noticed she is getting breast buds, and BO. And she just turned 8 last month. So yea, I think puberty starts earlier. I would have never guessed it.. but my tween is stuck in the middle of it and so are we!!



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Registered: 04-30-2004
Wed, 08-27-2008 - 2:23pm
Yep, I noticed it recently in my 7 yr old DD
I bought her deodarant for hot days when she's being
active with sports, etc.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 08-28-2008 - 7:52am

I have definitely heard of it and the general trend towards girls hitting puberty earlier these days. The doctor may not be right about puberty being right around the corner. It's summer, people sweat clothes can get dirty a lot faster.

To be on the side of "can't hurt, might help" regarding the BO and even early puberty to some extend, I suggest doing a diet and environment check. I know I'm a lot stinkier when I've been eating a lot of red meat, processed meat or fast food in general. Veggies and fruits make me much less stinky. Chicken or fish seems to be better too.

Also, I've been reading a lot about those BPA plastics and did a little inventory of my kitchen. Definitely had some bad ones. Avoid BPAs, there is more information here

Beware of some technical babble there on the Wiki page--it can get a bit much. You might want to skim down to the affect on humans and how to tell if a plastic is a bad one. There are a number of other links off of the Wiki page too (bottom of the page). There's some good info there.

I'm not saying that's the cause or trying to say be a health nut or anything, but I figure a little caution isn't a bad thing. It's actually pretty easy to get the bad plastics out of the picture--use glass containers, metal thermos bottles or "safe" plastic containers.

Hope it helps.


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Wed, 09-03-2008 - 10:03am

Horrifying isn't it?

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Registered: 09-08-2008
Mon, 09-08-2008 - 10:57am


I hope that this will relax you a bit.

My daughter also started to have BO at age seven.

I was so worried