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Stretch marks on children

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mammya Tue 08-Jul-08 20:39:22

My dd 7 is above the 98th centile for both height and weight. She is neither fat nor skinny, perhaps a little plump round the middle but nothing abnormal for a 7 year old (except that she is the size of a 9 year old, lol). This has been confirmed by a nurse. Yet she is getting stretch marks on her hips.

Both her father and I have stretch marks, most of mine were acquired at puberty and I guess her father's too. So the poor girl has probably got a genetic predisposition to stretchmarks anyway. sad Could it be a sign of puberty starting already? Is it possible that young? Should I worry?

Have any of you got any experience of this? Any input appreciated!

RubyRioja Tue 08-Jul-08 20:42:22

Sounds like it might be. Lots of girls that age at school seem to be laying down a bit of fat ready to start puberty (have been reading dd's book)

mammya Tue 08-Jul-08 20:48:19

Oh really? that seems really young...

What book is that?

RubyRioja Tue 08-Jul-08 21:04:29

What's happening to me
7 might be a tiny bit young for it, but good ways of explaining imo

Goober Tue 08-Jul-08 21:07:06

DD (12) is of an average height and weight, wearing either ladies size 6 clothes or childrens age 12 clothes. She has stretch marks too accross her hips.

frankiesbestfriend Tue 08-Jul-08 21:07:42

I read recently that the average girl is likely to start her periods when she reaches around seven and a half stones.

So with the population becoming fatter,this would account for girls seemingly starting their periods earlier.

Goober Tue 08-Jul-08 21:10:41

My DD is not fat!

mammya Tue 08-Jul-08 21:19:55

Thanks Ruby.

Frankie, as I said, my dd isn't fat either!

reethi96 Tue 08-Jul-08 21:24:14

Ds has stretch marks and he is only 3. Definitely not overweight, I think they are just caused by growing.

frankiesbestfriend Tue 08-Jul-08 21:36:49

I did not say anyone's dc was fat!!!

Stretch marks caused by fast growth, I thought, so the skin has less time to stretch slowly. I was not saying children must be fat if they have stretch marks.

I have stretch marks and am not fat.
In fact, everyone I know has them.

I simply said that the population is becoming fatter, and this could be causing puberty to begin sooner.

mindfulmama Wed 09-Jul-08 17:58:30

Does she also have loose ligaments? bruise easily? heal badly? scar? get sore legs?if so it could be Ehlers-Danlos..unlikely but worth a mention.

CristinaTheAstonishing Wed 09-Jul-08 18:02:14

I was on a short course of corticosteroids as a child and got puffy and stretch marks on my hips. (Whereas four pregnancies in my thirties didn't do that to me.)

mammya Wed 09-Jul-08 21:25:49

No Mindfulmama, I haven't noticed any of these things. Thanks though.

Poor you Cristina, that is just not fair!

I have read up on early puberty and apparently there are 5 stages to puberty called the Tanner stages. Stage 1, which is actually pre-puberty, takes place between 8-10 years. So as dd is the size of a 9 year old, it's not so freaky that she should go through it already.

On the other hand she's still so young, it seems wrong somehow.

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