Childhood Diseases

Posted by: ANRE | 2011-10-05


Little boy - groin area / behaviour

Hi, I dont have any kids, but I have been visiting people with a 5 year old boy. I am not familiar with little boys... and I have a few akward questions:

When I first met him about 6 months ago, I think he was very much on the self discovery journey. He would at stages hit himself in the groin, saying his penis is coming up and he wants to " hit it down" . What exactly does this mean? Is it possible for small boys to have erections? And this would happen at any point, while playing or drawing or watching tv. So not necessarily at moments where there is any physical contact of any kind. Why would this happen? What " stimulation"  could there possibly be for a small boy to have an erection - if that is what it was?

Also, could it " come up"  if he wants to wee? Could this be a better explanation?

Another thing I''ve noticed now, he holds on to his pants in the groin area quite alot. When I took him to the movies, I had to ask him a couple of times to let go of his pants. I also kept asking him if he needed the toilet. Is this a normal thing for little boys to touch themselves in this way?

I''m just not familiar with little boys, so I''m trying to establish if this is a " normal"  phase or is there reason for concern?

Expert's Reply



This is normal behaviour.Boys of this age can have erections. This does not happen often but may do so at times when they need to pass urine or sometimes out of pure curiosity. Boys also will hold onto their pants as you describe when they are excited about something or when they need to pass urine or if they are shy about something. None of this behaviour has any sexual component at this age.

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