May Is MASTURBATION Month

Sexual Development, Social Development

May Is MASTURBATION Month

There I said it. Shocking as the word and act are to many, masturbation is a normal aspect of childhood sexuality that many parents find difficult to talk about. Part of this is the difficulty in acknowledging that kids are sexual beings. Of course little kids are not thinking about having sex, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know that their genitalia is sensitive and feel different than they’re other body parts. We see genitalia as special, so why shouldn’t they?

Of course little kids are not thinking about having sex, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know that their genitalia is sensitive and feel different than they’re other body parts.

Masturbation is self-stimulation of the genitals. Both boys and girls start to masturbate, in earnest, as young as 1-2 years of age. IT IS COMPLETELY NORMAL. Kids are curious about their bodes and find touching themselves pleasurable and comforting. Children notice a difference between girls and boys around 2 years, and thus in preschool may start to explore their friend’s bodies to understand these differences, like an innocent game of ‘doctor’.

Kids are curious about their bodes and find touching themselves pleasurable and comforting.

I find parents concern most often lies in one of three realms:

  1. Concern that that child is masturbating due to sexual abuse,
  2. That others will think they are bad parents when the child touches him/her self,
  3. That they are becoming sexualized too early

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Quick Tips:

  • Masturbation in kids is usually normal

  • Talk to your children about self pleasure

  • There is a time and a place

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Dina M. Kulik, MD, FRCPC, PEM

About Dina M. Kulik, MD, FRCPC, PEM

Dina is a wife, mother of 4, and adrenaline junky. She loves to share children’s health information from her professional and personal experience. More About Dr Dina.

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