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Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Chris | 2007/06/07

Q.

Worried mom - toddler exploration

My nephew who is 3yrs old and my 2yr old son had a bath together recently. I left the bathroon for a minute and when I came back my nephew said to me that my son wanted to 'suck' his privates. I find this very hard to believe and tested this. I left the bathroom again and quickly stepped back in when I heard my son cry. My nephew was throwing water on his privates and my son was complaining about this and wanted to get out of the bath. Later that same evening they were playing in the room when my nephew told my son to get on top of him and move up and down. I know that he is more exposed to television than my son as we mostly play DVD's for him so this could be where the behaviour was first seen. Since then my son has said to me twice that his nephew touched his privates. I'm not sure if this is jus normal behaviour in this age group where they are discovering themselves or if this is something to be concerned about. I'm also not sure how to deal with this. I have told my son that nobody is allowed to touch him there and I try to reinforce that every chance, but with a 2yr old it goes in the one ear and out the other again. Please advise. I have mentioned this to my mom who looks after both of them during the day at times just to keep an extrs csreful watch for this.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is not true sexual behaviour but is just curiosity difficult as it may be to believe. It is a passing phase and getting upset about it and trying to tell your 2 year old son not to do this will have no effect other than to increase his curiosity and possibly prolong this behaviour. Stop letting them bath together may accelerate the passing of this stage.

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