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My child is touching their private parts. Is this normal?

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It may be worrisome to find your child touching their genitals for pleasure. Many parents think that masturbation is something that emerges during adolescence with hormonal and secondary sex characteristics such as erections for boys and menstruation for girls. However childhood masturbation, often called genital stimulation and touching, usually starts around 2 months of age but can sometimes start in utero.

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The risks of being overweight or obese as a child

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Parents of overweight children may see this problem only as an aesthetic issue that can negatively affect children’s self-esteem and social interactions, which is true. However, there are more pressing dangers of being overweight or obese during childhood and adolescence.

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New recommendations for babies, children and teens: How much screen time is safe for kids?

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New recommendations for screen time have been developed for every age group to reflect how prevalent digital media is in everyone’s life. Everything you need to know to help you guide your family’s appropriate use of technology, while minimising the risks, is presented.

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Dear Santa Claus: Guidelines on how to choose the best toys this Christmas

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We are nearing that special time of the year when children all around the world begin writing letters to Santa Claus with their Christmas wishes. It is also the time of year when parents begin to feel uncertain about which toys are appropriate for their children.

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