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February 9th, 2012, 09:07 AM
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Hello again everyone!! I posted once already in the divorce section but promised a more localized one for a development issue with my DD.

She is 7 years old and after a bone maturation xray was done, it was found that her bones are growing as if she was almost 10. It's difficult. She has breast buds, dark hair coming into her nether regions and it is a requirement now that she wears deodorant due to adult body odor.

While we have come to terms with her physical changes ( I personally think she likes the changes!! Lord help us ) but the emotional ones have my house in a disarray.

Screaming, kicking, blatant disrespect, ignoring, disobeying, and melting down at the slightest things. Example? Pony tail as opposed to 2 braids! Yep- the silliest things! Pink elastics instead of purple. LOL

Has anyone ever had a child with this? Are they going through it now? I am very iffy about the hormone treatments and have declined further testing. I'm scared to inject her with hormones and start messing with nature. My ex's grandmother started her period at 9 and my grandmother at 8... could it be hereditary? My mother was 11 and I was 12...my ex mother in law was 12 and my dd's aunt was 13... HELP!!!!!!!!
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February 9th, 2012, 11:17 AM
BensMom's Avatar Ephesians 4:29
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I was 8 when I started with the bras and deoderant. Just turned 10 for AF. I understand! It's difficult.

I think you should look into simple blood testing to rule out things like diabetes, a thyroid tumor, pituitary tumor, or something like that. Also, avoid giving her soy products or water that is treated with flouride (toothpaste is plenty). Both of those have damaging effects on the thyroid and can cause early puberty. Talk to a pediatric endocrinologist, and be sure to specify that you want a FULL hormone panel run, not just a simple TSH test or something like that (what they usually do... which is more of a screening full of holes than a real test).

I wish I could be more helpful. Have you talked to your family about a history of early menopause or breast cancer as well? It's common in my family. If so, she'll want to try to have children in her 20's rather than her 30's.
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February 10th, 2012, 07:03 AM
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My child is much younger and male so I'm afraid I don't have any advice for you, but I wanted to offer - we certainly have some of those behaviours at times and they are very challenging to deal with, so I sympathise xxx

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February 10th, 2012, 08:02 AM
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Good morning ladies! My daughter was seen by an endocrinologist and they did a full panel on her hormones and found nothing and that is why they wanted to run this other test where they inject her with various hormones and wanted to test her at different interval of time. It's a scary thing that I am unsure about subjecting her too. My grandmother was 8 when she got her period..and my ex's grandmother was 9... me, my mother, his mother and his sister were all normal ages..( over 11 )
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February 10th, 2012, 09:46 AM
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In that case, I'd just ask as many questions as possible (what injection is it, what are the risks, etc.), and then do a little research for yourself.
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