11 year old and tampons?

Madison - posted on 06/16/2013 ( 14 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 11 and she has her period and she knows all about the tampons and she wants to wear them. Should i let her?

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Christie - posted on 06/19/2013

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I think every young girl is different! I would suggest talking to her pediatrician! Also go by what her activities are, is there a reason like she is a swimmer, or dancer or gymnast where wearing a pad is not really ideal!

Chet - posted on 06/18/2013

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I agree that it's very reasonable to let your daughter try tampons if she wants. It's her body and how to best cope with your period is a personal choice. I've never heard of any particular reason tweens and teens can't try tampons, though they may try them and decide they don't like them.

I understand that TSS is a concern, but if she isn't changing her tampon ofter enough you'll notice that that the box is lasting way too long.

Enna - posted on 06/17/2013

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I don't think it's a problem if she wants to. You may need to get her the smaller ones, usually labeled "light" so they aren't too uncomfortable.
I never talked to my mom about it and I started using them as soon as I started my period, when I was 13.

Evangelyna - posted on 06/17/2013

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I started my period at 10 but didn't use tampons until high school, and only during water polo season. I'm in my twenties and I still don't use tampons. I tried them at 12 but found them to be painful and uncomfortable. 11 years old is still very young and tampons expand which can be painful to take out at such a young age. Or even to put in. Also the issue of toxic shock like Little Miss brought up, even if she's good about changing pads tampons are easier to forget because they don't feel like you're wearing a diaper when full and you don't see them whenever you use the bathroom. Hygiene would be another huge concern, that's a very sensitive area and hands are one of the germiest body parts. Again I agree with Little Miss about talking to her pediatrician, take her to her pediatrician so they can talk about the proper hygiene, her anatomy, the risks and the toxic shock syndrome. It should be a very informed decision from a knowledgable source, not other little girls.

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Anna - posted on 06/18/2013

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Also, if she plans on swimming they will be a necessity. Some people may think she is too young but if she wants to use them and she can prove that she can change them often enough (just ask her!) then there is no problem. They are also better if she goes to sleepovers. You wouldn't want her to leak on somebody's sheets! I never had much luck with those large pads at night.

Anna - posted on 06/18/2013

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I definitely think tampons are the way to go. They are cleaner, less smelly, less likely to leak, more comfortable,etc. If only I had known how to use them sooner! I honestly could NOT figure it out until after I gave birth at 18. Sounds silly, but I couldn't! Then I found the plastic easy glide ones and I never turned back. Don't get the cheap cardboard ones, those are hard to get in for a child who has probably never really touched herself down there. They were for me, anyways.

Dove - posted on 06/17/2013

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Ah... now COM is working for me? Little Miss... HOW did you manage that without 'messes'? I just assumed tampons would be necessary, but if not... great! ;)

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/17/2013

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I am going to suggest talking with her pediatrician about it and seeing what they say.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/17/2013

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I was a ballet dancer doing a LOT of activity, and I did not start using tampons until I was 13. I also live near the beaches, and was in walking distance of the lake. I still did not start using tampons until later.

No I don't think a little girl that age should be using tampons. Sorry. Just don't think it is a good idea.

ETA- I also started my period at 11.

Madison - posted on 06/16/2013

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how old is she? My daughter does cheerleading and swimming so im nervous about it too.

Dove - posted on 06/16/2013

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My oldest hasn't yet started her period, but she's a swimmer and a gymnast.... so tampons are going to have to start pretty much immediately for her. I'm nervous about it for a variety of reasons, but swimming and doing back flips while wearing a pad isn't practical. ;)

Madison - posted on 06/16/2013

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nice but she is used to pads she always changes them without me telling her to or asking if she did and she is really mature for her age.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/16/2013

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I would be hesitant. Especially if she just started recently. TSS is very serious, and she really needs to learn to take care of herself during her period first. If she leaves a tampon in to long and always does this, she could get sick. Getting her used to pads, and changing them often will get her used to when she needs to change a tampon. Also, her body is still so young. I would personally not let my 11 year old use tampons yet. I would be prone to letting her once she is into her teens.

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