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How to prevent children from masturbating?

my 5 year old little sister is masturbating frequently...at school, at home, in the car, it doesn t matter. if she s caught because someone walks into the room, she had no regards for that person and continues to do so. i know it s a normal behavior, but she s already suffering from bladder infection and the consistent rubbing is making her raw. it s something that s been going on for years, but became more frequent when she turned 5. she denies doing it....and has a severe attitude when you try to talk to her about it. aside from talking to a pediatrician, is there anything else we can do? do we need to consider seeing a counselor?
Sat, 9 Nov 2019
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Hello. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.
The child's behavior is never masturbation. As you already know it is a normal behavior. But if the frequency is increasing and the girl becomes careless, then the problem is never normal. Here you should take this as behavioral disorder. Children are easily changeable. Their behavior can be changed with the help of many psychological technique like distraction, reward, punishment etc. Use them wisely. I can help you if you need.
Hope I have answered your query. You can contact me for treatment options. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Regards,
Dr. K. V. Anand
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