Early Puberty?

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Early Puberty?
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Tue, 04-13-2004 - 3:11pm
Wowzers. My 9 year old niece has become a *woman.* I am stunned. Is this normal to be so very early?

Edited to add... are there any books or anything that are appropriate for her that I could pick up that might help her out in this, what must be, very confusing time?


Edited 4/13/2004 3:15 pm ET ET by jennamumm

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In reply to: jennamumm
Tue, 04-13-2004 - 3:53pm
Well, I got my first period when I was 10 and my mom freaked out because it was so early.

Hugs,

Bridget & Ethan (5)

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In reply to: jennamumm
Tue, 04-13-2004 - 4:12pm
Apparently it is becoming more and more common. Researchers are linking it to all the additives and hormones in the foods we eat. My dd is a *late bloomer*-just turned 13 and still hasnt gotten her period. She says all her friends got theirs quite some time ago! Which seems wierd to me too-I think I was about 13!

A good book is *The care and Keeping of You*. Its an American Girls book and very informative without being *gross* or *scary* for the pre teen mind, lol. I got it for my dd when she was about 8, I think she still reads through it from time to time!

dj

Dj

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In reply to: jennamumm
Tue, 04-13-2004 - 5:27pm
While that is at the extreme end of the range (which I think is from about 9 to about 17) it is not abnormal. My sister started at 9 and I at 10. I think the majority start between ages 11-14.

A very good book is What is Happening to my Body Book for Girls. I got it for all three of my DD's.

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In reply to: jennamumm
Tue, 04-13-2004 - 7:03pm

As the others have posted, there is a range for the onset of puberty, specifically the first menses in young women.

Virgo
 
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In reply to: jennamumm
Wed, 04-14-2004 - 8:52am
Yes, heredity's a big factor.

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In reply to: jennamumm
Wed, 04-14-2004 - 9:51am
I didn't know that about size/weight being a factor. I had heard that such things were coming earlier due to outside influences, it just seems so young! I think she's always been on the larger side, not in weight, but in frame size/height... and now that I think of it, when I met her momma at age 14, she was eh, really *developed.*

Just makes me feel old I guess. I became an aunt for the first time at 20, I never thought in less than a decade I'd be making our special *girls day out* shopping trip to find bras and tampax. Reality check, it just goes so fast!

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In reply to: jennamumm
Wed, 04-14-2004 - 11:03am
Size and weight could be a factor. I was always a skinny kid, I got my period at 13. Dd is very thin and JUST started getting breasts (okay nubs, lol) in the past 6 months. She is very active and athletic too-I wonder if that can be a factor??? She isnt small boned or a tiny person though, just no excess body fat.

Hmmm. Makes me wonder. The hormones in all the food we eat, coupled with obesity being the number one health concern for children these days....I wonder if that is part of the reason 9 is becoming the *norm* for starting one's period....


dj

Dj

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Registered: 09-15-2003
In reply to: jennamumm
Wed, 04-14-2004 - 11:45am
There is also "precocious puberty" which is something that I had as a child. I developed very, very young (first little pubic hairs at 6, then the breasts) it was a horrible to go to the doc all the time and get a "peek" to see how things were developing "down there". I got my period at a fairly normal age (11), but I had all the hormones and everything earlier. It's not damaging, really, but it can affect future fertility.

Maybe she falls into this catagory? Poor thing! You have to live with AF long enough as it is! But, at this young age, she might not get another period for 6 months.

Meldi
Meldi
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In reply to: jennamumm
Wed, 04-14-2004 - 1:11pm
9 is awfully young. I got my period at 13, the same age as my mom. My 11 yr old SD is getting breasts (yea, nubs! lol) and her waistline is becoming more defined, but no body hair yet. She is definately having mood swings as of late though! My 9 yr old SD is still flat as a board though. Not too many worries yet though, because their BM didn't get her first period untill she was 16. But, like many posters here have mentioned, hormones in their food and other factors could just make "Aunt Flo" turn up early and surprise us! We have sat both of them down and explained puberty and menstuation to them. (you should have seen the diagram I drew! Pathetic!!!)

Blessed Be,

Samantha

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In reply to: jennamumm
Wed, 04-14-2004 - 1:55pm
By the time my dd was in 5th grade, she was one of about 3 other girls in her class who had not gotten their periods yet. Seems to be occuring earlier and earlier over the years.

dj

Dj

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