The 'm' word is a hard topic for many parents. How young is too young? And how can you approach the topic with your child in a way that encourages healthy sexual development? She has been laying down on her blanket, which is placed around her genital area and almost looking like she is rubbing up against it. We have now taken away the blanket,which is not allowed out of her bedroom at all under any circumstances to try and prevent this from happening, however it was only yesterday she laid face-down on the floor with her hands there instead! Masturbation, self exploration, or self stimulation are common in both boys and girls from a young age.
How do I stop my 3-year-old masturbating? Ask Dr Justin - Kidspot
It is natural for children to express their sexuality and their interest in the differences between the sexes through their behaviour. Children are curious and always wanting to learn. One of the first things they want to learn about is their bodies. They are curious about why their body is different from a parent or sibling of the opposite sex. We think of this as sexual because we look at this from an adult viewpoint.
Ask Dr Justin: How do I stop my 3-year-old masturbating?
I asked my mother, what is masturbation? Parents and children sometimes bring their questions and concerns to the pediatrician, but there is surprisingly little guidance or information available in the pediatric literature. And in an informal survey of pediatric colleagues, there seems to be a lot of variation in whether doctors bring up the subject. I will tell you that I took a certain amount of ribbing from my colleagues for even asking the question, which is not necessarily a bad thing; humor can help defuse a potentially embarrassing subject.
Fun fact: Masturbation can be awesome! In fact, a lot of teens do it, and enjoying it doesn't make you weird. So, why masturbate?