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post #1 of 17
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My nine year old dd has started developing a small amount of underarm hair. I am kind of freaked out and sad. I did not think this was supposed to happen so soon. I don't remember exactly when it happened to me but I'm sure I was older than nine. Has this happened to any of your dds so early. I'm not ready for my dd to start "growing up" so soon. Does this mean pubic hair will also start appearing so soon?
post #2 of 17
From my memory, it was an issue in 6th grade. I was the youngest in my class, so I was 10. I remember the teacher letting the boys outside and then telling the girls that, from her perspective, it was not pleasant to see the girls raise their hands in class and she's get a view of all this armpit hair (our uniform shirts were short sleeved & she could see right up them). She told all of us to go home & tell our parents that it was time to start shaving, and wearing deodorant as well. We got the same lecture in dance class around that time as well.
post #3 of 17
Sometimes it does mean its coming but other times the pubic hair is there before the under arm hair. Also you will notice that she starts to get body odor too. Its from all their hormones. I know with my dd it was like 9 or 10 for pubic hair then 10 for under arm and then at 11 she started her cycle. So it looks like you are on the road to puberty.
post #4 of 17
I understand; I was older too. They do seem to grow up fast. Around the age of 9, one of my girls became more modest--locking the bathroom door, etc., because she was developing. She's 11 now, wears a 34B (needs a C), and does have the other developmental signs of puberty (underarm/pubic hair and period). I don't really remember when the underarm hair came. Have you been talking with her about puberty? If you haven't already started, you need to.
post #5 of 17
Puberty develops differently in each child...and it can take a while to go thru all the stages, or some may come quickly and others more slowly. I think I read somewhere that it typically starts in girls between the ages of 8 and 11. If you're concerned, I would talk to her ped about it.
post #6 of 17
My daughter will be 10 on Friday. She doesn't have hair anywhere yet and hasn't started her cycle. But she has had to wear deoderant for about two years. I am SO NOT ready for the puberty thing. I have dreaded it for a lond time now!!!
post #7 of 17
My DH daughter started her period at 9!! So you need to talk to her if you havent already.
post #8 of 17
My daughter will be 8 in 2 weeks, and I noticed a few dark pubic hairs already!! She's been wearing deodorant for about a year now, and so has her twin brother. I've noticed a little "fuzz" on him, but he's blonde and she's got dark hair!! *sigh* I'm not looking forward to the talk with her at all!! I'm just not ready for her/them to be growing up so soon!!
post #9 of 17
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From my memory, it was an issue in 6th grade. I was the youngest in my class, so I was 10. I remember the teacher letting the boys outside and then telling the girls that, from her perspective, it was not pleasant to see the girls raise their hands in class and she's get a view of all this armpit hair (our uniform shirts were short sleeved & she could see right up them). She told all of us to go home & tell our parents that it was time to start shaving, and wearing deodorant as well. We got the same lecture in dance class around that time as well.

Wow, I can't imagine a teacher saying that to a group of kids. I think today she would be fired.

I remember being allowed to shave under my arms the summer before sixth grade, so I was about 9 1/2. I remember at the end of sixth grade going on a class camping trip and we all showered together and all the girls had at least a small amount of pubic hair, if not a lot. My best friend and I had thought about shaving ours off before the trip, thinking “it†was only growing on us. We were shocked that everyone else had it too.
post #10 of 17
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Wow, I can't imagine a teacher saying that to a group of kids. I think today she would be fired


I don't Know about In this Day and Age But 7 Yrs. ago my DD's Teacher also Told the 5th Grade Class Nicely that their Homework assignment was to go home and start Wearing Deodorant From that Day forward

I do have a 5th grade Teacher Friend who says that the Classroom can Become quite Rancid on hot days. -

My Son is 10 and also Has been wearing Deodorant for 2 yrs.
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