Puberty Can Start as Early as 5, Experts Say

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Diaz also said that girls who develop early are often the target of unwanted attention. They’re at greater risk for inappropriate sexual advances from adults and bullying and teasing from their peers.

This is something Cuascud said she understands all too well. She remembers that her peers, older kids at school and even her teachers were endlessly fascinated by her.

“I was just a child with curves so I got a lot of attention,” she said. “I would have an entourage follow me into the bathroom asking to see my body.”

Cuascud also said that men constantly approached her and she was molested several times.

If there ever was an explanation for her early development, no one, not even her mother explained it to her, Causcud said. She said she wished she could change that and urged parents with early maturing children to sit down and prepare them for what’s to come.

“Get educated and definitely do not let your child be confused. Give them information and talk to them about what’s going on,” she said.

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