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Ok so my 12 year old daughter is always tired and mopey. How much sleep should she get? Or is this just puberty. (has breast buds and discharge )

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Sleep needs

A pubertal child should never get less than 9hr sleep/night & during a growth spurt may need more.
After she hits her final height /stage she can get by on 8. The sighs you mention suggest she is entering a rapid growth phase. If she is getting good sleep & is still tired she needs an evaluation. Sluggishness at this age can be caused by a variety of issues.

In brief: Sleep needs

A pubertal child should never get less than 9hr sleep/night & during a growth spurt may need more.
After she hits her final height /stage she can get by on 8. The sighs you mention suggest she is entering a rapid growth phase. If she is getting good sleep & is still tired she needs an evaluation. Sluggishness at this age can be caused by a variety of issues.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Need to be checked

12 years old always tired needs to be evaluated by her pediatrician.
She needs at least 7 hours of good sleep.But she needs a physical exam and may need blood test to rule out anemia and other causes of tiredness ib 12 years old.Puberty is a normal ohysiological process and it does not and should not caue tiredness all the time.

In brief: Need to be checked

12 years old always tired needs to be evaluated by her pediatrician.
She needs at least 7 hours of good sleep.But she needs a physical exam and may need blood test to rule out anemia and other causes of tiredness ib 12 years old.Puberty is a normal ohysiological process and it does not and should not caue tiredness all the time.
Dr. Yash Khanna
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