My daughter is 9 already on her period

Christina - posted on 12/17/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 9 and already started her period,Its been hard for her to adjust to this new life cycle.She gets really bad cramps to the point where she doesn't go to school sometimes.Is there anything she can take to help the cramping??? Thanks

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Brandy - posted on 12/17/2010

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I started my period when I was nine. My mom would give me asprin for about a week before I started and then I would take tylenol during my period because the cramps are from the clots and the asprin makes it easier for your body to pass them (said my mom). I use aleve now. It has naproxin in it and the naproxin really helps. I do not know if aleve is good for a nine year old or not so check the label first. If that does not work talk to her doctor, bad cramps are not uncommon and her doctor can give her something to help the pain.

Kate CP - posted on 12/17/2010

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Have you taken her to an endocrinologist? 9 is kind of early to start your period. :/

User - posted on 12/17/2010

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I had acne real bad as a teenager as well. I still get break outs when I get my period now. I found washing my face daily with Clean & Clear deep cleaning facial cleaner works well. It's gentile enough to use daily and doesn't over dry your skin. You can feel it tingle as it cleans out your pores. As a teen I used Oxy- which burned and dried out my face and I have a lot of scars on my forehead from acne. Have her keep her hands off her face, wash pillow case often, and don't pick at her face. I had a bad habit of "popping" zits and picking.

Laura - posted on 12/17/2010

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For her period pain use a children's pain reliever as needed. Heating pads are great for relaxing tense muscle contractions. You may want to consult with your doctor or pediatrician about this, especially since she has bad cramping. Your physician might be able to prescribe something else to help with the pain. If she is bleeding heavily or has severe cramping, hormone pills can be prescribed to help ease these symptoms.

Another thing that can really help with the period pain AND acne is looking at her diet. Certain foods can aggrivate acne (which will come and go with hormone fluxuations) and can increase cramping. Things to try to avoid would be anything with HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), caffeine, and salt. Stick to fresh fruits and veggies and consider having extra red meat for a meal or two during her heaviest flow: Red meat is an excellent source of iron, which becomes depleted while mentruating. Other sources of iron incude leafy greens (especially spinich) and raisins. Keeping iron levels up can help with fatigue. Make sure that she is drinking plenty of plain water as she will be losing extra fluids during her cycle.

Have her wash her face with a mild soap at least twice a day. Acne washes may help, just be aware that the active ingredient, can be harsh and drying. Again, consult with your doctor if her acne seems severe--there are prescription medications for this, though I don't recommend them, IMO, as they often have serious side effects. Hope this helps and good luck!

Christina - posted on 12/17/2010

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Ok thanks! By chance maybe u know,she has bad acne now that shes on her period have any advice???

User - posted on 12/17/2010

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Advil, Midol, heating pad...as odd as it sounds Excedrin worked well for me. I get really bad cramps and even in high school I would be home for the first day or 2 for my period because I would be balled up from the pain. I ended up being put on birth control pills which helped with the cramping and the really heavy flow. I also found that eating chocolate helped me out, even now.

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