9year old DD. Should we be prepared for period this early?

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lovemeorleaveme Mon 03-Jun-19 21:46:51

Hi. My DD 9 has breasts developing, pubic hair, no etc...she knows about periods but should I actually be prepared for one this soon? I was 14 yr old so I'm really surprised we are going through this now. A lot of people say periods come 2 years after onset of puperty or when weight hits a certain point? But could it happen soon?

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WhoKnewBeefStew Mon 03-Jun-19 21:47:58

My dd has her first period really young. She was the same developmental wise as your dd

ISmellBabies Mon 03-Jun-19 21:51:08

I recently told my 9yo dd about periods. There's no harm in knowing and it's much better to inform them before it starts happening.

Youngandfree Mon 03-Jun-19 21:51:14

Yes I got mine at 10 so it’s possible 💕

Cuppa12345 Mon 03-Jun-19 21:52:32

I started my periods at 10 after starting developing breasts and growing hair in yr5.

PeggyIsInTheNarrative Mon 03-Jun-19 21:54:06

One of mine had just turned 10. After she left for school I picked up her pyjama trousers and saw blood in them. I went to school and asked to speak to her. We stood putside school and I handed her a backpack with knickers and pads and explained.

Don't be like Peggy. Be prepared blush

lovemeorleaveme Mon 03-Jun-19 22:09:18

Thanks everyone. She knows about them but I am thinking in my head that surely it won't happen for a long time, 9 seems so young :-( What does everyone think about putting a couple pads in her school bag just in case? Also should I consult GP? Does early puperty halt growth?

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littlebillie Mon 03-Jun-19 22:31:57

It does stunt growth our friend's DD was on medication to stop it until age 16. She is 5'9" now

dementedpixie Mon 03-Jun-19 22:34:44

9 is not early. Early puberty starts before the age of 8. My dd started age 11 but had breast buds long before that

Teddybear45 Mon 03-Jun-19 22:41:27

Early periods stopping growth is an old wive’s tale. My friend was 8 when she started and grew to 5 ft 8. I was 9 and grew to 5 ft 7.

I took after my maternal grandmother who also started at 9. Didn’t start developing boobs and pubic hair until I was 13. I had very painful periods and they came as a huge shock - mum’s biggest mistake was not preparing me for them and also telling me painful periods were ‘normal’. It meant my PCOS wasn’t discovered until it had already impacted by ability to conceive (when I was 35).

bathorshower Mon 03-Jun-19 22:44:00

Might also be worth checking what provision her school has (which toilets contain sanitary bins?) - a school friend started at 9, and had to use the staff toilet; hopefully her school will have something better in place.

Teddybear45 Mon 03-Jun-19 22:45:15

Early puberty occurs before the age of 8. Starting a period from 8-10 is within the normal range.

Halimeda Mon 03-Jun-19 22:47:24

My sister started her periods at 9 in 1983.

Wittsendargh Mon 03-Jun-19 22:54:20

I posted a thread about this only last week, my daughter has just started and she's 10. Although we had done all the talks, I was 15 when I started so I never thought she would be this early. It started at school and she was terribly upset, I had to go get her. My daughter has the breast buds, but no hair yet.

EAIOU Mon 03-Jun-19 22:56:45

I'd put some small products in a small bag for her school bag just encase someone sees them in her bag and teases her (the joys of children).

As long as she knows what to expect and prepared her for this with little supplies then she's good to go.

DropZoneOne Mon 03-Jun-19 22:59:04

My DD was 10, just a couple of months after her birthday. I got the lilets starter pack when she was 9 and we used the pouch to pop a pair of knickers, a couple of pads and a calpol instant which she'd take to school just in case. Also checked with the school which toilets had sanitary bins (just y6), and they asked to discreetly let them know when she did start as they'd make allowances for toilet breaks.

Better to be prepared x

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