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Toddler frequently touches his private parts. What could be the cause and how can it be avoided?

Hello Doc My son is 18months old and i see him masturbating quite often these days - 4-5 times a this normal ? that too at such an early age ? Any harmful effects or could it be a indication to some sort of pain, itching or anything in his penis ... Suggestions of how to stop him doing that and when would be the ideal time to talk to him about such private things. Thanks in advance for your inputs... -Manjunath
Asked On : Sat, 14 Jul 2012
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Hello Manjunath ,
Welcome to HealthcareMagic forum.
Yes it's normal for toddlers ( around or near 2 years)to touch and explore their genitals ( masturbate) many times a day .
This is a phase and will soon resolve on its own unless becoming a hard tot break habbit.
Simple irritation or pain won't cause this and infact one third of normal children have this habbit .
But if there is any crying , pain during urination or fever etc then it might suggest Urinary infection.
Try the following for decreasing it,
1.Do not scold or restrict him or tell him it's sin or bad. Try to ignore and distract instead.
2.when in public you can gently remind him good manners like , “Some things are private. You can do that at home in your room— how about playing with this toy for now?”
3.See if they do it due to boredom or want of comfort .
4. It's best to consult a pediatrician if the child continues it as a habbit even after completion of three years.
Hope this answer is helpful to you .
Answered: Sat, 14 Jul 2012
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