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Health Information For Parents
A girl’s periods can cause some uncomfortable symptoms. Most of the time, there’s no reason for concern. But some problems need care from your daughter’s doctor.
Here’s how to help your daughter cope with most period problems.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is when a girl has mood and body changes before or during her period. It’s usually at its worst during the 4 days before a period. PMS usually goes away 2 to 3 days after the period begins.
A girl with PMS might have:
Your daughter can try these things if she has PMS symptoms:
If your daughter’s PMS is severe, her doctor can help with other treatments, including medicine. Call the doctor if your daughter:
Period cramps are pain in the lower belly during a girl’s period. Many girls have cramps during the first few days of their periods. Period cramps are caused by prostaglandin, a chemical in the body that makes the muscle in the uterus contract.
If cramps bother your daughter, she can try:
Call your daughter’s doctor if:
Irregular periods are when a girl or woman does not get her period about every 4–5 weeks. In the first 2 years after a girl starts getting her period, it is normal for the cycles to be irregular. But by about 2 years after periods start, they should be on a regular cycle.
Help your daughter track her periods so she knows if they are regular. She should record when her period comes, how long it lasts, and any problems she has during it. She can use a calendar, app, or write it down in a notebook.
Call the doctor if your daughter:
Most girls settle into a regular period schedule and can manage any bothersome symptoms with home treatment. But talk to the doctor if you think there could be a problem with your daughter’s periods.
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Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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