Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Sally | 2008-11-26

Q.

6-year-old and his tools

Dear Doc
My son is 6, almost 7 and seems to be very interested in his penis lately. He definitely does something that resembles masturbation and I find it quite unsettling. Isn' t he still too young? The other day he was looking through a magazine (Your Pregnancy) and had an erection afterwards! Could seeing women in underwear do this to a little boy? I am extremely concerned and wonder whether it is normal? I tried not to make an issue about it - just told him not to touch it too much as he might hurt the sensitive tissue in that region.
Pse help!

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It is very unlikely that there is any real sexual aspect to your son's behaviour -difficult as it may to believe.This is all simply innocent curiosity. Don't make a fuss and try to let this pass over.It is very important to try your best to ignore this behaviour.

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