Our expert says:
Masturbation is entirely normal, in child and adult. But it's a matter of proportion. IF indeed he is spending a major part of his day doing this, and appears unsatisfied by it, this is something worth understanding better. It is the quantity of this behaviour you describe that is unuual, and his irritation on being disturbed --- and hi being prepared to do it apparently elsewhere and in the presence of others. Sometimes an element of such a situation could be irritation of the penis, but this would be more likely in an uncircumcised kid.
Seeing a child psychologist could help a lot, and could hardly make anything worse. They have indirect ways of exploring his concerns, which can be most helpful, and can then advise on methods for distracting him and reducing this behavior back to normal proportions
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