Sarah - posted on 01/11/2010
My daughters both started signs of puberty early. My youngest started getting body hair at 7 and had to use deoderant at 8 and 1/2. She is turning 11 today and she has to wear a bra but hasn't started her period yet. I started my period at 9. Each person matures differently. I wouldn't worry. Just make sure she knows what to expect when she starts her period and other changes that her body will go through.
Marcy - posted on 01/11/2010
My daughter started when she was 9 even before that we noticed she had BO. The doctor did not seem worried about it. It was not until we took her in for acne that anyone showed concern. The end results we should have been to a Child endrocoligist when she first started. I did ask the doctors about it too. It was too soon to start and the doctors can stop it for a few years. She will be very short and not grow much anymore after 2+ years her bones are maturing too fast.
What are you feeding her? If the food she is putting into her body esp. meat has added hormones ect ect, it can cause her to develop early. I never thought hormones in the food was a big deal until I saw a 3 year old with pubic hair. Going totally organic is expensive, but you can buy chicken that is natural (most of the time meaning not organic but no added hormones. You can buy organic milk, usually priced just like the other stuff. Get your veggies and fruits from places that usually sell organic products (here that would be publix or fresh market) Not only are organic and natural foods better for you but most of the time they taste better as well. My household is organic, and natural all except for the beef and pork products. A back of hamburger patties ( 3) is like 10 bucks here...um no..
Kathy - posted on 01/10/2010
I think 7 is a little young to be having a period. I thought I was young at 9, and I did start puperty earlier than that...and a shot to stop hormones...unless this is causing problems medically, just let nature takes its course...but if you are worried discuss it with your doctor, even if it's just to ease your mind...
Sarah - posted on 01/08/2010
I just saw that you posted that your daughter was special needs. So, I guess if your thinking about doing this I would ask myself- Can a girl of 7 handle getting a period? And more importantly can your daughter handle it? I think most young girls at that age would be really upset and need more help understanding and help in general with caring for themselves. My daughter will be turning 10 soon and I have talked to her for at least a year about periods but she's still grossed out about it. She started to have breast buds the beginning of last year but our doctor said she won't get it til probably around 12 when I got mine. I hope this helps. Good luck.
Sarah - posted on 01/08/2010
Girls can start developing at age 7, but they usually don't get their period for years. I wouldn't worry about it. A close friend's daughter was fully developed with breast and hair, etc but didn't get her period til this year when she was 14. Your daughter will probably start around the same time you did.
Krista - posted on 01/08/2010
On average, girls start puberty any time between ages 9 and 13. For African-American girls, it's a year earlier. So I wouldn't say that she's SO early that medical intervention is required. But, if you're concerned, then yes, talk to your doctor.
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