Early Puberty??

Priscilla - posted on 11/03/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )

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My son is 9, and he has had to start using deodorant, and I have noticed body hair already. He has had his first real pimple also. Could he be starting puberty early?

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Kaleighwillowlie2000 - posted on 06/07/2012

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In response to Catherine Anderson, my 10 year old daughter is about 5'0 and in juniors clothes as well.....trying to find more appropriate clothing is a challenge. I also remind her every morning she has to apply deodorant just to be on the safe side because of the early body odor. My best friend's daughter is only 8 years old and has the worlds WORST body odor and and she isn't obese and is hormonal like crazy! I have also read that SOY increases hormone growth and should NOT be given to children.....IDK....I just wish my little girl didn't have to grow up so fast

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Sarah - posted on 05/31/2012

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my eldest son had started using deodorant at about 9
he had under arm hair, tho was mostly downy fair hair, at 10 and at 11 he had body hair

TMR - posted on 11/29/2011

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It's more typical with girls but yest he could be. Lot's of hormones and chemicals that act in our body like hormones are pumped into our food and are causing early puberty. Then some kids just naturally hit puberty earlier than others. I would also make an appointment with his pediatrician about it just to make sure there are no hormone imbalances. Probably not and it is likely everything is fine but it's worth checking with a boy that young. Just my not so humble opinion.

Alyssajayne - posted on 11/24/2011

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I know girls and boys are different, but I hit puberty at 7 and had my first period at 8! They say that kids are reaching puberty sooner nowadays too.

Wendy - posted on 11/17/2011

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My 7 yr old daughter has already started developing breast and my oldest who is 12 now started puberty at age of 9 when she started her period and she is just now starting to develope breast and both my girls started using deodorant at the age of 7

Jennifer - posted on 11/17/2011

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@Karen Plaisance.. I thought your post was funny... My daughter will be 9 in January and she too believes in Santa Claus and laughs at gas... (although so do I.. bathroom humour is funny!) She hasn't gotten her period yet.. but has been getting pimples recently (i even saw a whitehead.. EWW) and she's got hair on her legs and some light hairs "down there" She also keeps telling me how her breasts are 'sprouting' (she's cute) I have always been open and honest with her about her body - she was in the bathroom with me a long time ago when I had my period and saw it.. and asked.. so I've talked with her already - age appropriately - she knows women get periods and knows men and women have 'sex' to have a baby but she doesn't know exactly what sex entails.. I"m nervous for the day she gets her period though.. but excited for the bonding..

Sarah - posted on 11/11/2011

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I made both of mine start using it at 8 they were more active & to be frank they just stunk! My son now15 & daughter now12 it is now a habit like for their dad & I. Yes it could be puberty, my son started getting pimples around 8 or 9.

Sarah - posted on 11/11/2011

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I made both of mine start using it at 8 they were more active & to be frank they just stunk! My son now15 & daughter now12 it is now a habit like for their dad & I.

Myra - posted on 05/16/2010

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It sounds that way Priscilla, my daughter had to start using deodorant from like 5 and had a few pimples too, so don't be concerned every child developes at different stages.

Laura - posted on 05/12/2010

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i have heard that children are developing earlier because of all the growth hormones and what not that are put in food these days. also this is the age where you have to FORCE them to go take a shower and then go back a second time to use soap. i call them the unclean years :) i didn't give birth to our ten year old but my husband and i have custody during the school year. she is in fourth grade. i gave her some deodarant that is low in aluminum ( high aluminum can cause breast cancer) and i found out the biys at school had teased her about her hairy legs and so she SHAVED THEM BY HERSELF. thank god she didnt cut herself. she used my razor (EW!) so we went and bought her an electric wet/dry razor much like the ones for mens faces. she cant cut herself on that. her school did the sex ed class and her dad had a talk with her but im wondering what to do if she gets her period at our house.....she is going to come to me , not her dad!! and biomom won't discuss anything with us. there is alot of drama there. so i'm scared!!!!!!!

April - posted on 03/08/2010

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My son and I have talked about the changes that will start happening to his body already (he's an October baby). He's been wearing deoderant for a while, but it was more to get him into the habit of wearing it everyday. I have always been very open with him about his body and he says he hasnt developed hair "down there" yet but I've noticed a broadening of his shoulder and his muscles are becoming defined. He's had only 1 pimple so I think we are still in the very early stages of puberty.

Catherine - posted on 02/12/2010

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My daughter has already moved to the juniors cloths and into an A cup bra. Most people can't believe that she's only in the fourth grade. Where do you find nonrevealing cloths in junior sizes?

Nicole - posted on 02/11/2010

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my daughter will be 10 in April and we just recently had the talk about menstruation(after she asked me what a period is) and we have talked about breasts, acne etc. I want her to be prepared and not be scared whenever it happens. I was 14 so I hope she follows along my path!!She told me she has hair under her arms and it is GROSS!

Lisa - posted on 01/31/2010

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my daughter is 9 yr old and she got her periods at the age of 8 something that i thought she wouldnt get yet but she has had hormonal needles to stop the process but he needles didnt work so as a mum i have to sit down with her every month and tell her what her her body is going through so its vey hard for a 9 yr old to realize what her body is doing

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hello my name is michelle and my daughter is 10 in april i two have noticed changes in my daughters body as well as growing breasts.How do you communicate with a child who suffers language delays? How do you have the big talk with your daughter?

Karen - posted on 01/23/2010

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my daughter is 9 and started her period this week.....i am in shock...9 years old...cant beleive it. how can a child who still beleives in santa clause get her period??? how can you explain it all to her when she giggles when someone passes gas???????? feelinf a little overwhelmed..

Susan - posted on 01/20/2010

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My son is 9 and he has been using deodorant for more than a year. I recently noticed that he had little pimples around his nose. Nothing much to them no white heads tothem so he did not try to pop them as we all did when we had them growing up. But like all of you he is my youngest and only and I want to see him grow into a wonderful young man, but I am not really ready for all that follows with the puberty stuff. As for those of you who have girls. I was in the 5th grade when I got my first mentrual cycle. So I wish you all luck and I pray I will survive this all.

Diane - posted on 01/18/2010

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my son is nine and i've had to buy him some deodorant as well, sad times as he's growing up, but as you all say, they are so so young, its a shame.

Kim - posted on 01/16/2010

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My daughter will be 10 in April and she also has needed deoderant for over a year, has started developing breasts, hair and Christmas Eve came to me with the start of her period. She is on about the same track as I was developmentally at her age, and yes, it is young but what can we do but be open and supportive about it? I would love to show her how disappointed I am that she isn't my "baby" anymore but I want her to be excited about going through all these changes..

Christina - posted on 01/14/2010

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My 9 yo started wearing deodorant 2 years ago and sometimes still needs to shower twice in one day. He says he has hair "down there" but I am not going to check..lol. He has also grown like 6 inches since summer and I figure if he continues to grow like this, he is going to be taller then me by this summer and I am 5'7". I wasn't too surprised when I figured out what was going on with him because I started puberty when I was about 6 years old and by the time I was 9 I a set of DD breasts and my period. So it can start very young.l

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My son is also 9 and we started buying him deodorant a year ago when we noticed he was getting a little odor. He has also had a few pimples. He doesn't like to use the deodorant and only does when we remind him to do so.

Gailann - posted on 01/11/2010

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My 9-year old son also has been getting smelly and having pimples. The doctor said that it was because of being overweight. Overweight children have more hormones than normal weight children, so these symptoms of puberty start earlier. He said that we'll know puberty has really hit when there's a noticeable growth spurt. Like another mom said, get an acne wash with either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to use once or twice a day. Not more, or the skin will dry out too much.

Alicia - posted on 01/08/2010

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My daughter turns 10 in april she to has developed breast and is in need of deoderant she has pimples and is growing body hair in her personal spots.Attitude ans emotional drama is really big too.She started all this when she turned 9 maybe a little earlier i did not wannt to see all the changes cause she is my first and i am not ready for her to grow up.Gosh i wasn't 13 before all this started happening to me hard to believe

Tammy - posted on 11/28/2009

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my son started needing deodorant around age 9 as well. the doctor said this is a normal age of begining puberty in boys. My daughter who is 9 now started developing breast it seemed right when she turned 9, YIKES. I asked my doctor if it was early onset puberty and she said it was not, that she had seen children as young as 5-7 starting puberty. SCARY.

Kathy - posted on 11/26/2009

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my boy has been wearing deodorant for about 6mo now. he also has started getting what looks like acne . i bought him some acne wash which seems to help. i thought this was early but i guess not . i too don't want him to grow up yet .

Kristina - posted on 11/13/2009

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My daughter is turning 9 on monday, but I had her start using deoderant also about a year ago, and just realized a couple days ago, she looks like she is starting to devolop breast, my oldest also noticed it. It concernce me because I have heard that young girls who develop early on are at higher risk for breast cancer. and as Brynna stated they are our babies, I dont want them to grow up yet..lol.

Brynna - posted on 11/07/2009

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I was speaking with the other moms in my daughter's class this past Thursday; many of them have also started noticing signs of puberty. Apparently, one of the teachers (I think PE) mentioned to the class that if anyone felt they might want to use deodorant, she had some spray cans in her office.

After many conversations with Moms at school, church, family, and online... I think that maybe the early signs of puberty are not all that big of a deal, it just feels that way to us because it is our babies growing up. I'm not really sure all that many of the kids are truly experiencing 'precocious puberty' but rather are having normal developmental growth but we are more aware of it.

I've decided to take a more passive and calm approach to this.

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