Everyone’s period is different. Your child’s period may be different to their sister’s or mother’s period. It can also change as they grow older. There are, however, a few key things that are signs of a healthy period. These include:
- bleeding that lasts between 3-7 days
- period blood that is bright red, dark red or brown
- period blood that is thin and watery or thick and blobby
- losing around 2-3 tablespoons of blood
- some cramps and bloating
It is normal for your child to experience some cramping and bloating before or during their period. Using over the counter pain medication (e.g. paracetamol) and hot water bottles to help reduce the pain can make a big difference to your child’s ability to manage their period.