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A 22-year-old female asked:

My 8-year-old just got her period, is that too early?

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Dr. Cheryl Coldwater
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Not necessarily: The average age in the US is 9-13, but some girls do start earlier. Most girls start their periods about 2 years after breast development starts. It is also possible for a girl to have a period, and then not have another one for several months. It takes about 2 years before they become regulated. If you have any concerns, check with her doctor.
Dr. Kashif Abdullah
Internal Medicine 12 years experience
Yes that is early: That is early, the median age of the start of menstruation is around 12.5 years old. But your girl might be an early bloomer. You could visit the pediatrician just to let them know that menstruation has started. But there is nothing inherently bad about this. She just needs guidance now that she has entered this phase of her life. I am sure you will be able to guide her during this new change
Dr. Jessica Allan
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Could be normal have Pediatrician check bone age Xrays and blood tests to confirm
Feb 11, 2015
Dr. Kashif Abdullah
Internal Medicine 12 years experience
Provided original answer
Your Welcome :)
Feb 11, 2015

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