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frequent erections in intact 3 yr old

danarobbins's Avatar danarobbins (TS)
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My 3 yr old son has been having frequent erections over the last 6 months, ranging from 3-4 to 6-8 a day. He always says, "my pee-pee is bigger" when he has an erection. We'll just gently push it down and try to distract him. 

 

I have no clue where to even begin with this. Is it normal? My dh who is very supportive of him being intact thinks the # of erections are too frequent.


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sounds pretty normal to me, although I don't know how often my ds has an erection.  I wouldn't push it down though - just leave it be.


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We do that b/c it's what he asks us to do...doesn't have anything to do with the foreskin. Most of the time now though, I don't touch it at all, just let it do its thing.


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Yeah, let it do it's thing. Pushing it down could actually damage some of the blood vessels in his penis. He'll get used to it, and eventually won't be announcing it everytime it happens

. Once when I was in the check out line at the supermarket, and my then 4 year old announced, "Mommy, my penis is standing up, all on it's own!" Like it was doing tricks. I heard a couple of gaffaws and had to try so hard not to burst out laughing. So it's pretty normal. lol.gif
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Yeah, let it do it's thing. Pushing it down could actually damage some of the blood vessels in his penis. He'll get used to it, and eventually won't be announcing it everytime it happens

. Once when I was in the check out line at the supermarket, and my then 4 year old announced, "Mommy, my penis is standing up, all on it's own!" Like it was doing tricks. I heard a couple of gaffaws and had to try so hard not to burst out laughing. So it's pretty normal. lol.gif


OMG.  I think I would have DIED I would have laughed so hard!  Yes, I would have laughed in the check out line.

 


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OMG.  I think I would have DIED I would have laughed so hard!  Yes, I would have laughed in the check out line.

 


ROTFLMAO.gif I just about peed my pants when I got home and told dh! But this was ds2 and he tends to be the sensitive one, so I didn't want him to get embarrassed!
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Don't worry. My understanding is that foreskin has nothing to do with it. Some guys have more spontaneous erections than others, and it varies throughout their life. Not having a penis of my own, I speculate that when you're 3 this "new trick" is rather novel and you notice it every time.


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This is totally normal. It a lot of ways it is great he is penis aware:)


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Normal (I wouldn't push it down, though).

 

My 2 and a half year old has this happen all the time.  His four year old brother, almost never.  They're both intact. shrug.gif   We just ignore it.


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Totally normal.  We just ignore it too...unless he is playing with it, then we tell him that that is a private activity and he can do it in his room or the bathroom if he wants.


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My 3 yr old son has been having frequent erections over the last 6 months, ranging from 3-4 to 6-8 a day. He always says, "my pee-pee is bigger" when he has an erection. We'll just gently push it down and try to distract him. 

 

I have no clue where to even begin with this. Is it normal? My dh who is very supportive of him being intact thinks the # of erections are too frequent.

He's probably having more than that, if you add in his nocturnal erections.  As an intact male I know that lots of things can cause an erection in boys...a full bladder, rubbing against underwear, touching or manipulating his penis, etc.  You did not say if he is retractable.  If not, the erections may be nature's way of weakening the bond between the foreskin and glans.  And, if he is retractable, the movement of the foreskin can induce erections.  Totally normal, and totally harmless.  And I agree that pushing an erection down is not advised, as that could possibly cause some ligament strain...
 

 


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OMG.  I think I would have DIED I would have laughed so hard!  Yes, I would have laughed in the check out line.

 




ROTFLMAO.gif I just about peed my pants when I got home and told dh! But this was ds2 and he tends to be the sensitive one, so I didn't want him to get embarrassed!


Honestly, with a story like that I'm not sure I could even get through it I'd be laughing so hard!  LOL.  Kid's say some pretty great stuff huh?  ETA - totally understand not wanting to embarrass him.  I'm not sure I would have had the self control - many many kudos to you!!!

 


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Totally normal. I think it happens to most boys but some just never mention it due to their personality. Like QotM my ds is very vocal especially about stuff that is embarrassing lol.gif
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My DS1 gets one whenever he has to wee.  Add that to his erections caused by other stimuli, and he probably gets 20 or so a day.  No big deal. 


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I have a nearly 3 year old.  He gets the random erection that I notice.  I am sure it happens at plenty of other times when I am not aware.  He's only complained a few times and I've readjusted his diaper/clothes and he has been fine after that.  It's perfectly normal.


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We do that b/c it's what he asks us to do...doesn't have anything to do with the foreskin. Most of the time now though, I don't touch it at all, just let it do its thing.


Same here.  I'm pretty sure my 3yo does it on purpose, and we don't really see a problem with it.  I'd probably let it do its thing, too.  Making it go away is really for our comfort, not theirs.  I kind of love that unabashed openness in kids. :P

 


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Yep, normal.  My DS likes to cause them, lol.  He's figured out that pulling on his foreskin makes his penis stick out...then he flicks it and laughs.  At 12 months.  /sigh/


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My son has erections all of the time!! I think the first time I ever looked at his penis as a newborn baby it was erect. Seems normal enough to me!!


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My son has erections all of the time!! I think the first time I ever looked at his penis as a newborn baby it was erect. Seems normal enough to me!!


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