Pubic hair - 9 year old dd

(33 Posts)
Dancergirl Fri 29-Apr-16 19:12:05

I THINK I might have spotted a few very fine pubic hairs on my 9 year old dd. She hasn't noticed herself and I'm not going to draw any attention to them obviously.

She's had a bit of discharge for a while so I assume this means that puberty is well and truly on its way? This is within normal age limits I presume? She just seems so young.

LaCerbiatta Fri 29-Apr-16 19:13:14

Dd is 10 and has quite a few now. It's horrible isn't it? sad

Dancergirl Fri 29-Apr-16 19:14:55

She's my youngest (of 3 girls) and older two didn't have any changes till much later.

Dotty342kids Tue 10-May-16 12:24:48

Mine had started at that age too, and in fact before she was even 11 was fully developed in that area! Periods started just before she was 11 too and pretty much had developed boobs too. It's amazing how much younger it all seems to start for them than it did for me or my peers.

McBassyPants Tue 17-May-16 18:26:36

Sad but not fortunately not unnatural. Puberty is only precocious below 8 in girls. Hopefully they will just stay fine strands for a bit longer and she can enjoy being a child for couple more years

EatsShitAndLeaves Tue 17-May-16 18:31:58

Same age as DSD - she started her periods just after her 10th birthday....

MashesToPashes Tue 17-May-16 18:34:38

DD was about the same age and has only just started her periods at 13 1/2, same age as me, so there may be a way to go yet.

JarOfTulips Tue 17-May-16 18:35:55

If it helps I was 9/10 when pubic hair and breast buds started, but periods didn't start until I was 12 and a half. The early puberty stage can last several years.

PortiaCastis Tue 17-May-16 18:38:22

My dd got her period at 9.9 and had a bra when she was just 9 I was the same so don't know if it's in the genes. They're not babies for long

Roomba Tue 17-May-16 18:40:13

I was 9 when I got pubic hair and breasts started growing. I didn't start my periods until I was almost 13 though, so it doesn't mean that your DD will start imminently.

Footle Tue 17-May-16 18:52:49

I'm nearly 70 and my periods started as I turned 11. I don't get this idea that 'it's all starting so much earlier these days'. In fact my daughters started 2-3 years later than I did.

Dancergirl Tue 17-May-16 19:16:56

Thanks all. Will wait and see and hope things go slowly for a few years! My older two dds started their periods at 11 and a quarter and nearly 13 but at least they were out of primary school.

Ffffffftttttttt Tue 17-May-16 19:26:29

It's within normal range of development. Also just because their bodies are developing doesn't mean they're no longer children. It's not "sad", just normal in a world of well nourished children.

fanjoforthemammaries Tue 17-May-16 19:29:29

This doesn't necessarily mean puberty is underway. Breast development is the sign they really look for. And big growth spurt. Public hair can start in isolation.

fanjoforthemammaries Tue 17-May-16 19:29:49

My phone is a prude..I did write pubic

NotSpartacus Tue 17-May-16 19:39:21

What fanjo said. It isn't uncommon for girls to have pubic hair at nine (and younger). Sometimes it's just one of those things. It doesn't mean puberty is on the way at all - breast buds are the start of that.

JennyOnAPlate Tue 17-May-16 19:40:50

Puberty is considered normal from age 8 in this country (7 in America according to dds consultant !)

We were also told that periods usually arrive. 2 years after breasts first start to develop.

CaramelPrincess Tue 17-May-16 19:46:07

I was ten when I hit puberty, I remember feeling so awkward as I was still at primary school and there were no sanitary bins for when I was on my period!

FructoseTart Tue 17-May-16 19:50:56

I started a post on here last year about my DD. I noticed just after her 7th birthday that she had pubic hair.
I took her to the doctors for an assessment, they sent her for an X-ray to determine her bone age (apparently this determines puberty etc) and they confirmed she is going through it.
She's 8 and a half now, has quite a lot of hair but it doesn't bother her.

Dancergirl Sun 07-Aug-16 11:30:27

Coming back to my thread with a quick question - should dd cover up in front of dh now? She's still happy to run around with not much on, leaves the bathroom door open etc....

FructoseTart Sun 07-Aug-16 12:37:15

I'll answer this honestly.
If she's comfortable then leave her to it, unless anyone else in the house feels uncomfortable with it.
You don't want her to be embarrassed by her own body as its only natural, but at the same time you don't want her thinking that running around starkers in front of everyone is a good thing (you never know who is watching)

vdbfamily Sun 07-Aug-16 12:47:22

my 9 yr old DD has had obviously pubic hair for quite a while. She was so upset about being the only one in her class with hairy armpits that my 13 year old daughter taught her to shave them which I was not at all sure about but have accepted it makes her feel more like everyone else!

Lottielou7 Wed 10-Aug-16 22:06:25

I had pubic hair and breasts at this age but I didn't actually start my periods until I was 14.

McBassyPants Sat 20-Aug-16 13:49:33

I don't think she needs to, no. I don't see why families should EVER have to worry about seeing each other naked. Obviously cover up in front of others, but immediate family? No I don't think so.

Why take away her innocence before she decides she's ready?

coconut0 Sat 20-Aug-16 15:43:35

My 9 year old is skinny as a rake, but has the start of hairy armpits and little breast buds. I thought she'd be late to hit puberty because she has such a young body shape, but I was wrong.

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