Please don't quote sections of my post as I plan on deleting it once i have some answers.
I received a phone call from my DD's school today saying she was in sick bay and I needed to get her. When I picked her up the office lady had to pry her out of the toilet, where she had been almost the whole time since she got to sick bay. We both assumed she had caught a bug or something similar, hense all the time on the toilet. When she came out she was very pale and was complaining about bad stomach pain. I bought her home, gave her a panadol and a hot water bottle and put her into bed. A few minutes later I received another call from the office lady at the school. She said she went to the toilet after we had left and noticed blood. She wanted to check in and maybe suggest that DD has her period. She explained she knows she is very young but thought she would mention it anyway.
Then it clicked!!
I got DD up to have a shower and it definitely seems as though she has her period
For the past year DD has had EXTREMELY bad body odour. She puts anti-persperant on everyday and still has big sweat patches under her arms. She has also started getting pubic hair in the last month and has been very testy...uncharacteristically testy. I know these are all signs of puberty but I never actually though she would get her period!! She's 8!!
She is now back in bed with the hot water bottle and she is sleeping.
How do I go about telling her about this? How do I explain it all? My doctor is not back until Monday, should I see another or just wait until Monday? Should I send her to school tomorrow so she realises that having a period is 'normal' or should I give her a few days to let it all sink in? Another mother I spoke to seems to think if I give her time off now then she will think it's a big deal and want the time off every month, I see where she is coming from but I think even though it's natural, it is a big deal...she is 8! Maybe that's just the mother coming out in me though?
Do you think the doctor will recommend some way of stopping her period for a few years? Gah! I'm so confused, I thought I was still many years away from having to deal with this
ETA - I thought I would mention that I asked DD why she didn't tell me she was bleeding. She has eczema and most of it is on her bottom, so it's an everyday occurrence for her to have blood on her undies. She had just assumed it was a lot of blood that had dripped down because of all the sores.
This post has been edited by Madlock: 29/11/2012, 10:45 AM