D.K. asks from Algonac, MI on February 08, 2009
8 Year Old Starting Puberty?????????
Hi everyone, I have a 7 yr. old that will turn 8 on the 22nd of February. Yesterday she told me that when she wiped there was "like snot" on her toilet paper. She asked me if this happened to me at her age. I told her I didn't remember, but I believe it is discharge and you get that when your older. I told her I would look it up online. Anyone out there with this age child having discharge? I hope this isn't a sign she will start her period early. I have tried to give her organic dairy, but the meat I'm sure is loaded with growth hormones too. This toxic world is really scary, I don't want her to have to deal with this at such a young age. She still is to immature. Help!!!!
D.S. answers from Grand Rapids on February 09, 2009
D. ; yes, we have read a study that girls now a days are starting earlier, and 8 is around that age, just let her know things of whats going on with her body and help her through it, she will be fine, my sister started at 10 and i am hearing of it starting earlier, her body may just be building up, but she might just be an early starter. D. s
C.M. answers from Detroit on February 09, 2009
She could have an infaction down there. Though I did have a friend who started her period in first grade. I think that is just way too soon, but I do recommend calling her doctor about it.
M.M. answers from Detroit on February 09, 2009
Most of the times her cycle will follow that of her fathers side of the family ask her paternal grandmother how old she was.....My daughter started the discharge (pre-menstral) thing at about 8 but did not get her period until she was 11 almost 12.
S.S. answers from Detroit on February 09, 2009
You hit the nail on the head with the toxic comment. That's why I am always on my soap box about anti-oxidents and even sell them!
Our kids are hitting puberty earlier and earlier. Heaven knows we weren't having those issues 30 years ago! Might want to talk to her doc just in case though.
R.W. answers from Jackson on February 09, 2009
Hmmm...I don't think you have anything to worry about just yet. It may have been a hormonal surge, during a growth spurt, or something along those lines. As long as there are no other signs of puberty (breast buds, pubic hair, underarm hair) I think you still have a couple of years.
Oh and don't worry about her not growing much taller than she is now if she is in puberty....i was 5ft 3 when I entered puberty and i'm now 5ft 10 :-D
P.A. answers from Detroit on February 09, 2009
Hi D., well I don't have any advice per se, but I am curious to see what others have to say about this. My daughter will be 8 in April, and already has underarm and pubic hair. Oh, I was definitely shocked! I started my period at 11, and my mother didn't start hers until something like 14 I think. I swear she has breast buds, and my mother agrees with me. So any advice anyone can give will be greatly appreciated! ;)
R.G. answers from Detroit on February 09, 2009
She may have a bacterial infection or she could possibly be starting puberty. My daughter started her period at 9 years old. She had pubic hair and boobs by age 8. All of the hormones that are added to our food are causing these kids to develop much earlier than we did. Scary!!!
A.I. answers from Lansing on February 08, 2009
hey D. being a mother of 5 girls i have had the talk more time then i can count and it seam to come at a earlyer age each time so each few year i pick up a book and we sit down first they sit down and read it then i sit down and go over the with them the best one out there is the book of you by american girl they carry it every where i got mine at target it cover everthing from washing to brest stages to hair down there to periods to pimples it a great book and the girls like to have it cause it cover alot of dont want to ask things
B.J. answers from Detroit on February 09, 2009
Hi D., you should speek to her ped Dr. about this issue. If she were to begin her period at this age, she would remain the same size she is now for the rest of her life. When a woman starts her period, she has grown 85% of hight, and weight, I do remember not getting much taller, after I started. The Dr. can address these issues and stop the cycle for now, let her continue to grow. I'm concerned about the same thing with my 9 yr old. Best of luck, mom of 4 daughters, three have periods, 1 to go.
L.C. answers from Grand Rapids on February 09, 2009
We have raised our two granddaughters most of their lives (now ages 14 years and 12 years). The older one started her period when she was only 9 years old. We took her to the doctor and she could not find anything wrong with her. She and I were talking about how many preservatives are in processed foods nowadays and we think that may have something to do with it because so many girls are having their periods at very young ages these days.
You can have your daughter checked out to feel better about it, but don't be surprised if he/she says there seems to be nothing wrong with her even if tests are run.
Our younger granddaughter had pubic hair about 2.5 years before she began her period at age 12.
I would talk to her about how important it is to keep her private areas like arm pits and down below very clean so that when she "does" begin having a period she won't smell even worse than we do anyway. You might also want to tell her not to go around asking all the girls if they have their period too because they might tell all the boys and then get teased for several months at school and that could be very embarassing.