When should I talk to my child about menstruation?

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When should I talk to my child about menstruation?

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I usually talk to girls about their period and menstruation at their eight year old checkup. I know it seems early, sometimes, for parents who are in the room that I'm talking to them about puberty. It's important between eight and nine to get some of that information in. I tell them when they get older, their breast are going to grow and they're going to get hair in new places. They look at me and say, yeah, they know that. I tell the parent that there's a good book out there that they should probably and they can read with their daughter or their daughter can read alone. It's called, "The Care and Keeping of You." It's put out by the American Girl publishers. It's been out for about ten years and I think it's a really great reference for girls.

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Lisa Stern, MD

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Dr. Lisa is a pediatrician at Tenth Street Pediatrics in Santa Monica. Following her training at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and UCLA Medical Center she began to practice a style of medicine that encourages a common sense approach to health and wellness. She empowers parents to use the resources available to them and teaches them to trust their own judgment. She feels strongly that people come to parenthood with their own history and it is valuable to have a objective third party to discuss the big and small issues that parents face on a daily basis. Lisa's patients range from healthy children to those with complex medical histories.

 

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