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spotting in a 5 years old girl

my 5 yrs old daughter had a spotting in her panty... is there any posibility that menstruation in early age will happen? what is the cause for this?waht is the situation of my daughter.
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replied April 18th, 2011
Hello and thank you for your post on e health forum.

From the history provided it seems that your daughter might be having signs of precocious puberty.

Puberty usually begins between ages 10 and 14 for girls, and ages 12 and 16 for boys. Some African American girls may start puberty earlier, around age 9.

In girls, precocious puberty is when any of the following develop before age 8:

1. Armpit or pubic hair

2. Beginning to grow faster

3. Breasts

4. First period (menstruation)

5. Mature outer genitals.

Some important tests that can be done to diagnose the problem include - Blood hormone levels, CT scan of the brain or of the abdomen and MRI of the brain or of the abdomen.

You might consult a endocrinologist or a pediatrician for proper evaluation of your daughter.

I hope this helps.

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