Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Sisi | 2012/09/13

Q.

4 year old plays with his penis

Hi Dr

I have a 4 yr old son. He likes to put his hands in his undies and play hold his penis.
At night he sleeps with his hands in the pyjamas. I used to go to his room when he''s asleep just to remove the hands from inside his pyjamas.

I asked him if he was feeling any pain and he said no he''s just playing.

Is this normal? Does he get any sexual feelings about doing this?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is perfectly normal at this age and does not have any sexual cause or reason at all.Try to distract him from doing this when you see him with his hands in his pants. Don't make a fuss about it and don't scold him as this will only cause this habit to become more persistent. You will find that he wil stop this habit quite soon all by himself.

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