what age does a little girls period begin?

Kristi - posted on 11/26/2012 ( 29 moms have responded )

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My daughter Emily, is 13 and had already begun devolping breast, and has already started growing pubic hairs. Is she about to start? If not how much longer and what are any other signs?? HHHEEELLLLPPPPP..

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Susan - posted on 11/27/2012

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I work at a primary school and it is actually pretty normal for young girls to have it come to them early on, not all of them just a handful. I've had a few 9 year olds come to me confused as to why it's happening so early, and after speaking to child health nurses about it as part of our training (some people call it sex ed training for teachers etc,) they have all said that it is normal for some girls to get it early as no fault of their own or their parents. Their bodies will develop when ready, others say it depends on the mother - when she got hers, I was adopted at 6 weeks old so I have no idea if that is true for me unfortunately. But I do know for a fact that mine was not forced upon my body due to unhealthy eating, we are a very healthy family, always have been, so thats not the case for me.

Sophia - posted on 11/27/2012

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start talking to her and getting her ready..... it could happen in school !!!! so teach her how to take care of herself if it happen. pack a cute get ready bag in her bookbag .. a pad ,underwear if she want to get rid of the one she is wearing, and wet one's to clean up. if she knows you are ok with talking with her she is ok... most of her friends may already got their period and kids talk.

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Kate - posted on 12/11/2012

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It usually is between the age of 7-17 is the normal range so don't worry if you got yours late hers could come late to.if not just wait another couple of years and see how she is going

Brittney - posted on 12/05/2012

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I started my period at 14 years old, but I was developing breasts at 8 years. Moodiness was the indicator for my mom, but she never explained to me what periods were, so please, get her ready for her body changing...I thought I had hurt myself...the day after my mom gave me a pad to use and I remember being so upset going to school and feeling like everyone knew.

Ashley - posted on 12/05/2012

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i started at 11, but have friends who started at 9, and my step mom was 8. im surprised she hasnt already started. watch for mood changes, and fatigue.

Ann - posted on 12/05/2012

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My daughter started at 11, she had started developing the year before. Had DD's by the time she was 12. So, anytime now. As Sophie stated. It would be a good idea to have her carry a 'Just in case' little bag. Extra underwear, pads, and maybe an extra pair of jeans in her locker at school. I can't tell you how many times I started in school. lol.

But get her prepared now. She probably knows its coming soon. Usually they cramp for a few months before they actually start though. I was able to figure out about when my daughters cycle would show due to that. Show her how to use the 'feminine' products. How to take care of herself. That way she is ready, prepared, and not scared over this.

On the side....when my daughter started, I pawned my boys off on my husband, and took her out for a girls day. She picked her own products. We had icecream, and chocolate. Kind of a right of passage, welcome to womanhood time for us.

Jennifer - posted on 11/27/2012

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The good news is, Kristi, Emily is not starting early at all. She's right on time, the beginning of teenhood.



Ann Marie, a relative said a ten-year-old needed to get some booty?

Lavina - posted on 11/27/2012

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I was 15 years old when I started my period. Some people are different. My mother started when she was 11 years old and my sister started when she was 13 years old. I wouldn't be too concerned. She's just developing fast. And the signs are if she talks back and is mean there's a start too... hope this helps a little.

Ann Marie - posted on 11/27/2012

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unusual mood swings. I started when i was ten. I was over heard my family mmember tell my mom i was acting like in needed get some booty my mood swings were that bad. I would have her start carring pads not. I started at church. alone. i wish my mom made me carry a purse just in case.

Jennifer - posted on 11/27/2012

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Even fairly regular food is being enlarged by estrogen, with girls developing increasingly younger and boys looking increasingly effeminate. Of course, body weight is a big factor too.

Dove - posted on 11/27/2012

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8 stone is 112 pounds? I didn't reach that weight until I was 30 something weeks pregnant....



I had a very 'chemical free' diet (my mom made sure of it) and I was getting breast buds by 10. My daughter has been just about a year ahead of me in development so far. Some 20 years ago, my friend's friend started her period at 9, so it's not just 'now' that it happens. That friend? Started at 16.

Jennifer - posted on 11/27/2012

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I agree Susan, but from what I hear it is, like another person said here, getting younger and younger.

Chanya - posted on 11/27/2012

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Yes, everyone is different, and it shows by the functions of our body. The first period should associate closer to the puberty of a girl, the way her sex hormones and other physical organs that have prepared for this wonderful femininity to activate. Age is a temporary yardstick that can be used conveniently; however, it's only a secondary, if not a third indicator. As this is a natural phenomenon, teach your daughter to prepare for it is what any mom should do.

Jennifer - posted on 11/27/2012

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My God, all these little girls starting to get breasts and womanhood attributes by 8 or 9??? This is not natural, that's WAY too much estrogen. Our food really is unhealthy.

Jennifer - posted on 11/27/2012

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Um, 13 is the most natural age in the world to start a period; you do realize this is the cusp of puberty on the beginning of the road to womanhood? She SHOULD have all those things by then (I'm a little surprised she confided all these private details; I hope she knows they're natural). What's NOT remotely normal is getting pubescent body changes at the age of 8; that's awful, and generally the result of girls eating incredibly hormonally rich foods. Thus is the age of unhealthy food.

Susan - posted on 11/27/2012

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I started my period at 9 years of age, and had C cup breats by age 10. They grew to DD cup by the age of 12 (sorry not sure of the conversion sizes!)

It's different for every little girl of course, but I would say definitely get ready for it to start soonish. My sister in law is 14 now and she has had her period for 2 years now.

Larisa - posted on 11/27/2012

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I wouldn't be alarmed i didn't get my period till i was 14, my mom was worried too but i just developed slow the doc said it was because i was so active. I started dancing at the age of 2 and played sports.

Carrie - posted on 11/27/2012

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Not really bc I didn't develop until I was 14 and my daughter started at 8. She is 9 and has breast buds, hair, and hormonal. She has the attitude and all. We are waiting on the day her period comes. I had a talk with her when she was a few years old and walked in on me in the bathroom. She asked many questions. I answered honestly. She is not even worried about getting it.

Lesley - posted on 11/27/2012

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Here in the Uk I was told by a paediatrician that when a child reaches the WEIGHT of 8 stone (sorry I dont know the US equivalent) her body automatically goes into puberty! Apparently this is what triggers everything else. Not much help but I hope it helps. But dont panic, its normal and natural and your reactions help her brain deal with this (its either good or bad/dirty). Good luck x

Paula Sledden - posted on 11/27/2012

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they can begin anywhere from 11 onwards average being 13 ,signs could be emotional, tummy ache ,needed to urinate more often thanks

TealRose - posted on 11/27/2012

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Once a little girls breasts start to grow menstruation usually starts within the year. However there is a little leeway on that as we are all different.



Talking about it with her is very important if you haven't already. Show her different pads etc, and explain that she can also use internals like Tampax even though she is still a virgin. I used those from the beginning as I felt much 'cleaner' and more comfortable. Ask her what she would like to try. Good luck, she is growing up so fast !

Love Being A - posted on 11/27/2012

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It happens earlier and earlier. She has obvious signs of puberty, make sure she knows what to expect and what is going on. I know the school attempts, but a little girl needs to hear it from her momma...

Take her shopping for her needs, that way she can ask questions as need be and find her own place at home to stash them. :-)

Alicia - posted on 11/27/2012

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My older sister didn't start her period till 16 but I started at 12... everyone is different... my sister nad to be on meds to help start and I got mine out of nowhere so I don't think there is a definate sign when you get it

Gina - posted on 11/27/2012

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My daughter is 13 also and just started about 3 months ago she will be 14 in April. I started at 14 so it usually depends on the mother...but all in all dont rush it she will have it for the rest of her life...lol

Dove - posted on 11/27/2012

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I wonder the same thing.... my daughter started developing breasts by 9 and hair at 10. 11 now and still waiting on the period. SHE'S ready though, so that's all that matters. Just talk to her and prepare her for it.

Tara - posted on 11/27/2012

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You're lucky she's that late. I started developing at 8, had DD breasts by 11 and had started my period by 10. It depends entirely on your family genetics, etc.



If you started your period at 13/14/15, odds are your daughter will start at around the same age.



I would definitely educate her about it, make sure she is prepared in case she does start menstruating. Definitely talk to her about it. Some signs she may be about to start menstruation are mood changes, and tender breasts or pelvic area. Since she is just starting to develop her breasts, the breast tenderness won't necessarily be a "for sure" sign as it may just be the normal tenderness a girl experiences when her breasts develop. The mood changes and/or pelvic pain would be the more likely signs in your daughter's case.

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