My son touches much his genitals - FamilyEducation
My son touches much his genitals
09/09/2008 at 11:56 AM

Hello i'm from Puerto Rico. I read a lot your site it helps me a lot with my kids 6 and 2 1/2, i"m a fulltime mom. The little one recently when its bathes and wash itself usually touch to much his penis obtaining an erection. I'm worried, when i ask him "what are he doing?" he says to me that he is "washing hitself" or says "nothing mom". Another thing is that i have surprised him in bed mouth down making some extange movements like those of a dog taken hold of a human leg (it looks like masturbated itself). He has not  been surprised us and it has not  been exposed either to see a movie. It worries to me in a incredible way. I dont know what to do, i'm desperate i need an advice, help!

Boy's will play with their genitals once they discover them. Do Not Make a big deal out of it. It will stop.

Ask if anyone has touched his private area. If he says no, Then don't worry.

Dont worry cause he's jus maturing fast for his age its normal for a child to touch his penis in the tub so its a natural thing so STOP WORRYING !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Valente

I think you said it was your younger boy who is doing this. He is only 2 1/2. I don't think it is even possible that he could have been masterbating. Ask him if anyone else has touched his private parts. At 2 years old he would most likely tell you without hesitation. You might be making too much of this, but only you know how often he is doing this. If he is obsessed then you might have a problem, but if he is just messing with it in the tub, all my boys did that.

This is a normal thing at your son's age. I have 2 boys, and they do it too. Don't worry. Just explain that this is a private thing and that he shldn't be doing it in public. Also tell your son that it's not appropriate for others to touch him there or for him to touch others in the same way. No, your son is not masterbating--that's not possible at his age. He's just discovered that it's a feel good thing, and that's why he's doing it. Don't make a big deal out of it.