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Is discharge normal in a 10 year old?

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Drunkendonut Mon 03-Feb-14 12:13:51

My 10 year old dd2 has been developing quite quickly recently. She's getting breasts and fine hairs under her arms and down below. I wasn't expecting it so early as she's stick thin and my DD1 wasn't anywhere near this early, she was almost 14 when she started her periods!
She's started getting a yellowish discharge that she notices in her knickers and has shown me. It's inoffensive and she doesn't have any discomfort. I think it's the start of things but she seems so so young!
Is this normal and how long after the start of this should I expect her periods to start?
Just some other experiences would be helpful.
She's also a moody mare and her hair gets greasy really quickly.

Madmog Mon 03-Feb-14 14:18:37

They're all different. My daughter is 12 and has been getting a discharge for around three years (I know as she came to me in a panic thinking she was about to start her periods!), but has only started puberty in the last year. She has started her periods yet, although, I've prepared by buying her a choice of pads, and she has a little toiletry bag (which looks like a pencil case) with a pad, wipe and chance of pants in case she starts when I'm not around. She seems to have times now when the discharge is heavier and it's roughly a 3.5-4.5 week cycle of this so think her body is starting to get itself ready for periods. I read somewhere that on average they start periods about 14-20 months after developing pubic hair, don't know whether there's anything in that though.

Drunkendonut Mon 03-Feb-14 14:47:15

Thanks for the reply mad. That's reassuring if it's true. She's only in year 5 and I'd hate it to start before she starts senior school. They're just not quite ready to handle it I don't think. Obviously some have to but I'd prefer her to be thinking about kid stuff than growing up too quickly!

SageMist Mon 03-Feb-14 16:36:50

My DD is now older than yours, but I'm pretty sure that at least 1 girl in DDs class in year 5 had started having periods. DD started during year 6, and she wasn't alone.

I know that you don't think she's old enough to handle it, but if you don't start preparing her, then it will come as a terrible shock.

Just be matter of fact, ask her what she's learnt in school about periods, and then go on from there.

Drunkendonut Mon 03-Feb-14 17:24:21

Oh she knows everything! I'm a biological scientist so I go into enormous detail about everything, also she knows her older sister has periods so she's definitely not naiive.
It's just her as a person, she's very young and I struggle to get her to manage her own hygiene as it is.
I'm working on her! I just hope I have a bit longer to work with her!

SarahPatricia Sun 23-Feb-14 23:58:11

I had that discharge for years before a period arrived, my sister only had out for a few months before periods started

Dancergirl Tue 25-Feb-14 20:19:36

My dd has just turned 11 and has had discharge for a while, a good year or so. From what I can see there are no other obvious signs of puberty just yet, however she's always had a curvy shape so it's hard to tell!

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