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


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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