Need some feedback about my daughter (personal!)

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  1. Jerseygirlteach

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    My daughter is 8 years old. She is a thin, little girl, showing absolutely no visible signs of puberty at all. Tonight, she took me aside and told me that she had bled a couple of times today. I tried to hide my shock, but I don't know how well I succeeded. I didn't start menstruating until I was 14, nearly double my daughter's age.

    Is it possible it could be something else? I cannot imagine that my little girl would start her period so young, and with no signs of puberty coming beforehand.

    Any thoughts?
     
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  3. czacza

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    You should take her for a physical.
     
  4. geoteacher

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    It could be, but there are also other possibilities. Could she have a bladder infection or anything of that type?
     
  5. Jerseygirlteach

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    I'm calling the doctor tomorrow, but I wanted to see if I could get any feedback tonight. :)
     
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    I think it's more likely to be blood in the urine. Has she had any pain?
     
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    My daughter did this after an awkward fall. You might want to question about this, and see if there was anything that could have caused tearing.
     
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    Oh goodness, I hope you're right and it's some sort of treatable infection. She mentioned something about pain when going to the bathroom, but I was so convinced it was her period that I didn't really focus on that.

    I'm calling the doctor tomorrow. Unfortunately, tomorrow is also her and my first day of school. But, I'll hopefully get her an appt. afterwards.

    ETA: She also mentioned that she kept having to go to the bathroom today. I'm thinking that might be a sign of a bladder infection.

    However, she mentioned bleeding when not urinating. I'm not going to be able to sleep tonight thinking about this. :unsure:
     
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    When I taught third grade I had a girl start her period in class one time. It definitely happens.
     
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    Girls do start their periods much earlier than they used to. 14 would be on the later side. 8 would be quite early, but not unheard of. Sounds like it could definitely be a UTI if she kept having to go the bathroom. Can you ask her if there was a burning sensation when she went potty or the pain was in her tummy? That should tip you off depending on her answer. Burning = UTI, uterine cramps = period. I can't imagine how you must feel right now! I got my period at 11 and my mother cried. I should give her a call. :blush:
     
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    Thanks for the feedback. It turns out she has strep throat and apparently, this is a symptom. Who knew? Thank goodness (!!!!!!!!!) it was not menstruation. I can't imagine dealing with that with an 8 year old.
     
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    Glad you got an answer. Untreated strep can lead to serious complications...so good you caught it. Sending wishes and :hugs: for a great recovery.
     
  13. Ima Teacher

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    That's unusual. Glad she's not dealing with her period yet.

    I started my period when I was 9 years old. I had no other signs of puberty, but they came soon after. I was one of the youngest in my class (started first grade at five), but I looked older than the rest of them. By the time the rest of my friends were starting puberty (middle school), I was my current adult height and wearing a real bra.

    Glad she's not going to have to deal with that yet.
     
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    Well, I hate that she has strep but I'm glad that it's from that and not her period. My daughter is 8 and I would be shocked if she got her period right now!
     
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    Oh, I'm glad you've found out what it is, and that it's "only" strep-- something treatable.

    I hope she feels better soon.

    And let her know how much you appreciate her coming to you and letting you know-- that now that she's getting bigger, she'll have to do that when things in her life take her by surprise.
     
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    Glad it was just strep, but I second what Alice said. Hope you both had a great first day of school!
     

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