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early puberty

(7 Posts)
Frogqueen13 Wed 17-Aug-16 13:00:23

My 8 year old dd has developed under arm hair and body odour, is this normal or too soon, she seems so little, I have bought her deodorant and explained growing up, but I'm a bit shocked by it all if I'm honest. She is very moody which is probably part of it

Thanks in advance

Orchidflower1 Wed 17-Aug-16 13:06:42

When did u start? Can run in families though 8 does seem young- may be worth a trip to doc just to put your mind at ease.

Yankeetarts Wed 17-Aug-16 13:14:59

My dd had underarm hair at 8 and started her periods at 10

Frogqueen13 Wed 17-Aug-16 14:10:58

I was 12 no one has been younger, her mood swings are really hard to deal with tbh I have started plotting them on a calendar I hope periods are a way off yet.
She's quite self concious about her under arm hair, what the best way to remove it ?
This is all too much I need wine

Yankeetarts Wed 17-Aug-16 14:22:06

I was 13 so don't think it goes by that,my dd didn't want to remove it at first but when she was 9 she started shaving it

Frogqueen13 Wed 17-Aug-16 17:26:42

I am considering veet as she is very aware of it, kids can be cruel though I don't want her to be picked on she's got add so it is complicated enough

youcantgoback Sat 24-Sep-16 18:43:09

Frogqueen I really advice you to insist on an appointment with an endocrinologist. There's nothing to worry about in early puberty other than loss of height potential. Early puberty in small children can mean a need to slow down bone maturity as bone age is advanced in early puberty. Growth needs to be monitored by bone age. My DD stopped growing at 12 because of untreated advanced bone age. It was discovered when she 7 but medics wrongly told me it was as per her actual age.sad
not reaching adult stature has been life changing, but it's totally avoidable with treatment. If your daughter is below 25th percentile, its particularly important to recalculate her expected height accurately using bone age. Make sure a paediatric radiologist does the assessment.
my DD was only on the 0.4th centile so advanced bone age should have been treated. One year advanced loses 5 to 6 cms , two years advanced loses 10 to 12cms etc.
It's perfectly treatable with no known side effects and of course, if your daughter is taller anyway, she'll reach a height she'll be happy with. It's best to know though. It's so hard if you find out when it's too late but you have lots of time.

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