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Body hair on 9.5 year old DD

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LingDiLong Sat 19-Jul-14 08:19:13

I noticed yesterday that my 9.5 year old DD has a small amount of hair between her legs. I wasn't expecting it this early! There are no other signs of puberty apart from the occasional mood swing. She seems perfectly fine and relaxed about it which is great. Does this mean periods are about to happen too?! She does know about them but I'm not sure she realises they may happen to her shortly so I think we need to have a chat about them. God I'm so not ready for this!

goshhhhhh Sat 19-Jul-14 08:29:43

Not necessarily. My Dd had what looked like early onset puberty at 6 - some body hair. So we had & continue to chat about stuff since then. I recommend early chats anyway & being v matter of fact & normal. We talk about pretty much everything. She is now 12 & periods haven't started yet. (other friends have overtaken her). She is hormonal.
Your Dd may or may not start her periods soon - I'd talk to her just in case.

LingDiLong Sat 19-Jul-14 08:43:55

Thanks goshhh. I've always answered her questions as they come up so she knows women have periods but I don't think she will relate that to her. Definitely time for a more in depth chat!

bunnybing Sat 19-Jul-14 10:24:27

I had this too - at the same age, 9.5 but no periods until almost 13. But yes good to be prepared just in case.

Middleagedmotheroftwo Sat 19-Jul-14 10:26:11

I think breasts normally start developing before periods start.

soddinghormones Mon 21-Jul-14 06:23:59

Dd is 11 and stated getting pubic hair a few months ago, followed very shortly by her breasts just starting to develop (nipples slightly puffy). Some of her friends have started their periods but are much more obviously developed.

This timeline from the NHS is very useful

Cuppachaplz Sun 31-Aug-14 09:16:37

DS just turned 11 and has had some armpit and pubic hair since for almost a year.

workingtitle Sat 06-Sep-14 19:32:09

I had hair from age 9 and periods began at 11, so early but still a while later. I did start getting spotty skin around the same time, so that's something you may need to think about (I struggled with that and wish my parents had helped me with some skincare). It's great your DD is relaxed about it all :-)

ilovepowerhoop Sat 06-Sep-14 19:36:17

dd has had hair for a little while now (not armpits yet though) and is developing breasts - she is coming up on 11 and hasnt started her periods yet

snozzlemaid Sat 06-Sep-14 19:44:30

Dd had armpit hair first at 9. Then breasts started growing and pubic hair. Her periods started earlier this year at 12.

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