Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Ru-concerned | 2012-01-31


9 year old girl

My 9 year old has started growing breasts, has hair under her armpits and groin area and smelly armpits. Is this early puberty? If so will she also menstruate early?

Expert's Reply



Your daughter has indeed started with puberty.While she is indeed young to be entering puberty,nine years is no longer regarded as being too young or too early and no special tests are needed.

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Posted by: Ru-concerned | 2012-02-06

It is comforting to know that there are other mum''s out there that are experiencing the same issues and have the same concerns and questions. I agree, it would be helpful to have some more information about early puberty and how best to deal with it. I will definitely be having a chat with my daughter as suggested. Thank you for the great advice!

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Posted by: Chantal | 2012-02-02

Hi, i don''t think the doc will read this as he doesn''t go over responses it seems. Just wanted to add...I think that at 8 girls, certainly, should know about sex, menstruation etc. I have discussed it with my 8 yr old daughter and she was very receptive to it all and it seems most of her friend''s parents have also had the talk Good luck!

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Posted by: Lerato | 2012-01-31

I think this must be the precocious puberty the Paed keeps talking about. Paed, do you have any idea why so many children are entering puberty so early? My child too at 7 had armpit odour and at 8 has peach fuzz hair on the pubes, tho her chest is still flat. But I notice her buttocks have started to protrude in the last year and from looking at the slightly nipped waist, I really can see her teen figure allready. Its a lovely one but I didn''t want to see it now. Heredity is not to blame as I developed at 14/15 and on her father''s side they are also late bloomers. Is there just some sort of natural change in evolution we''re seeing, and why so many girls as opposed to boys? You will notice almost all your qs are from mums of girls. Perhaps you could put up a general link to some info or do a short article for us, as there are so, so many of us mothers who are seeing this. We started puberty so much later than this and are feeling so helpless watching our babies'' childhood stage ending so early. By the way, once we start seeing this as mums, do you suggest we hurry up with the s*x talk (orginally scheduled for a couple of years hence)

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