Many toddlers have a habit of playing with their penises. Barring any medical problems, however, this is completely normal behavior and you should not worry about it. Keep your response mild and neutral; scolding could cause long-lasting shame. Be assured that it is not listed as such by experts. Touching, scratching, or tugging in the genital area is just a normal activity for boys, especially between ages two and six. In the course of doing this, toddlers may realize that touching themselves in this area feels pleasurable.
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How can I recognize sexual abuse if it happened to my three-and-a-half-year-old daughter? About a month ago she told me a friend of ours touched her vagina. Since that time she has said nothing else and on gentle questioning she said it did not happen. There are no behavioral changes and her behavior towards the man in question has not changed at all. I have no idea why she said this and my feeling is that it is completely innocent. She is also at the stage where she is very interested in what a penis is and what a vagina is — she occasionally can be found on the floor probing her vagina.
Three- and 4-year-olds are often fascinated with and more than happy to reveal their private parts. Here's why. On a recent evening, my cousin's 4-year-old son ran into the closet after his bath.
Dig into the Yearbook for your state's data—new this year is disaggregated data by race, income, and urbanicity. Parenting Resource. Q: OK, my son is now 3 years old and has started to play with his penis.