My friend's DS started masturbating at 18months old. And does it a lot.
And is now 2.5
I know kids are all totally different, but does anyone with boys have any experience with this? What age do they usually start doing this?
Since my DS is 4 and hasn't done that yet, it sorta raised a red flag for me that such a young child (18 MO) would understand how to do that, KWIM?
But I have one child to compare it too, so I really don;t know what I am talking about. I am hoping I will get some responses that will put my mind at ease.
I might be concerned that an 18 mo had that knowledge, too, though.
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I would be concerned if an 18 mo old was actually masturbating and not just tugging/pulling, etc....
But, some kids play with it more than others. Some kids can't fall asleep without it in their hands. It is a very cool little appendage.
There really isn't anyting wrong with doing it, but socially it can be a problem. Hand holding games like Ring around the rosie make that kid really unpopular. (kinda like a nose picker) It bothers some people more than others.
I say as long as he doesn't walk around everywhere with his hands in his pants, and washes his hands a little more often, then it's no big deal. But, if he can't even stand in line to wait for his ice cream without sticking his hands in his pants, it might be time to break the habit.
Otherwise, it is his to play with whenever he wants.
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