8 yearold is developing underarm hair, etc. is this the norm?

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Raquel - posted on 06/06/2012

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My Daughter is 8 turning 9 and it also is alarming me that she has developed buds and has fine underarm hair as well. Im not even sure where to start cos she is still so babyish....

Amy - posted on 08/06/2009

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My older daughter developed early as well, and got underarm hair around 8 or 9. Her pediatrician at the time said that the underarm hair is the first stage, followed by pubic hair, then breast development. These stages can take months/years. My daughter started her period last month at the age of 11 almost 12. Knowing the "stages" kind of helped me gauge where she was developmentally. My other daughter is almost 10 and doesn't have underarm hair at all. It just depends on when their bodies are ready. I have always believed in the importance of communicating with my girls about changes they are undergoing physically & mentally. Answer questions as honestly as possible and let them know their changes are perfectly normal for them. They will appreciate having the information so much!

Nadia - posted on 05/01/2013

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I am a mother of a 8 year old and I am going through the same thing. I tell her that she is still my "little girl" even though her body is changing. I thought I was alone. This article was helpful.

Anna - posted on 06/15/2012

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mums reading these i kinda dont feel to outta place . i have a daughter of 10 an iv noticed her developing breast buds. but sh is also gaining waight and is extra moody. so i take it i have it all to come yet. any advice would be helpful.

Kristin - posted on 06/06/2012

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wow 4 yrs old is really young hope all goes ok i heard the earlier you start the sooner u get it over im 36 and already going through the change it not as bad as everyone makes it seem instead of getting hot flashes i get cold chills that the only thing i had to through so far

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Kristin - posted on 07/08/2012

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when i was younger that was the first thing i noticed i had leg hair and under arm hair and about a year later my period started i started heavy periods at 10 and every one thought it was really early back 25 years ago i'm 36 now and think im starting to go through menopause already i have followed my grandma on most everything started period 10 easy labor i didn't even know i was in labor with my daughter i had a back ache was at my doctor for my last appointment before she was gonna b my doctor the one that told me i was in labor i was 7 centimeters diallated and didnt even know it went right to hosiptal and within 10 minutes she was born but was sick all the time threw pregnacy my grandma didnt know she was in labor either she thought she had to go to bath room and had my aunt on bathroom floor and by early 40s she went through metapause so far i have gone through about same time frame i hope i will follow that too she never went through all the horror stories either that you hear about metapause

Kristin - posted on 07/08/2012

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my daughter has oppositional defiant disorder and with puberty on top of it grr grumpy moody on top of puberty have heard so many people say they would rather have 10 boys in puberty at same time than 1 girl it really scaring me she is 11 now

Sharlene - posted on 06/10/2012

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Hey Kristin, My daughter is understands and we have already had that mum to daughter talk about everything and my son that is 9yr old and has autism he kind's of understand but we keep reminding him lol

Kristin - posted on 06/10/2012

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wow over time puberty is starting earlier and earlier i thought i started young at 12 couldn't imagine starting at 8 kids that age seems like they wouldn't understand it

Sharlene - posted on 06/10/2012

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I have a 8 yr old daughter and she starting to get hormones pimples and mood swings and stomach pain. And I know this is off topic but my son is 9 yrs old going through puberty as well lol

Kristin - posted on 06/06/2012

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my daughter is 11 she hasn't started her period but all the other puberty are there i started puberty when i was 12 so figure she maybe like me so wait and see

Leigh-ann - posted on 05/30/2012

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Id say its normal definately not unherd of hitting puberty earily then we did as kids of course we didn't have all the added stariods in our food as now so all that junk going into our bodys from the food we eat for example poltery and veggies injected and sprayed with all kinds of different chemicals no wonder kids today are getting hair and boobs at an eairly age

Jaime - posted on 08/25/2009

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My daughter is 8 and has started to develop breasts, so far no underarm hair or pubic hair yet. We have talked a bit about the changes that will happen but not into any great detail. But by the looks of how fast kids are developing now we will be having that chat very soon. It is sad to think she is getting to that stage already, she is still a little girl :(

CRYSTAL - posted on 08/24/2009

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YES.. SORRY BUT IT IS.. WHEN I WAS 9 I STARTED GET HAIR EVERY WHERE.. I HAD BREAST, I HAD EVERYTHING THAT U WOULD THINK ONLY A 13 YEAR SHOULD HAVE .. START TALKING TO HER ABOUT EVERYTHING NOW, JUST SHOW SHE KNOW..

Laura - posted on 08/05/2009

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I took my daughter to the Dr as she is developing breast buds. He said it is quite normal (at 8) to begin seeing signs of puberty, including pubic and underarm hair. The best thing to do would be to talk about body changes with your daughter so she is prepared.

Tracey - posted on 08/03/2009

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I know a 9 year old girl who has underarm hair and she is also starting to get boobs. I think all children are different and develop at different rates but that this is perfectly normal.

Sharon - posted on 08/01/2009

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my daugher is starting to develop breasts she is 4, i took her to see an endocronologist, he took an xray of her left wrist to check for bone growth, blood tests to check hormones and thyroid, and an ultrasound of her ovaries. the xray showed some extra bone growth for her age, her ovaries are more mature than they are supposed to be and her estrogen level is a little high everything else was fine, I have to take her for a ct scan of her head to check her patuatory gland (spelled wrong) (I guess that runs everything) I won't know exactly what is wrong until the ct scan and I guess there is medication to slow all this down once they know for sure what is off key, she does not have any extra hair growth anywhere though although I am supposed to be watching for any other changes or any other sudden changes, her ct scan is sept. So i would just check with her pediatrician to be on the safe side, I do think 8 is a little young (but what do I know) but its worth a trip to the doctor. could be just a hormonal embalance, but better safe than sorry.

Michelle - posted on 07/28/2009

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I've heard from friends that this is one of the signs that puberty is starting.Your daughter could be at the early stages of puberty.Maybe taking her to the doctors will put your mind at ease.

Kelly - posted on 07/25/2009

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As far as I know 8 is usually an 'acceptable' age to begin changing. It is quite early but its certainly not abnormal. Its just that she may well have started at the early end of the age range. Have you had 'the talk' with her yet? It might be worth having a chat about the changes she's going through, just so she knows what to expect. If you think she's too young, there's no need to go into a lot of detail just yet; just explain to her that this is what happens to all girls at some point or another, and gradually she'll look more and more like you. Be totally honest as to what to expect though, as its scary enough when you get your periods, without not knowing what it is. I must say though, that I'm not a doctor and this is only my opinion, so if you need your mind putting at rest then go and see a nurse/doctor - but don't make a big deal out of it as I'm sure you remember puberty is a very embarrassing time. Maybe say that its just a check up to make sure she's fit and healthy? If it helps, both me and my mum both started our periods at 10, and I noticed changes to my body a good while before that!

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