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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: lesa | 2004/11/15

Q.

1yr, plays with himself

is it normal for a 1yr to play with himself, when the nappy is off, or in the bath,pool?he loves to be in the nude, but becasue he always has his hands full, i dont like to leave his nappy off

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Children do explore their bodies and what you descibe is perfectly normal at this age.

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Posted by: Cassa | 2004/11/16

Hi,

It is perfectly normal, he is exploring his body, the same he looks touch and sucks on his foot. He does not yet know that the part that he is playing with is a sex organ. To him it's just another piece to fiddle with and play with. Don't discourage him or slap his hand as that could lead to negative feelings later on about his sexuality. When he is older and understands 3 or 4, you could guide him and tell him that it is in order to touch, but this should be done in private so as not to upset other people.

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