Masturbation is self-stimulation of the genitals for pleasure and self-comfort. Children may rub themselves with a hand or other object. Masturbation is more than the normal inspection of the genitals commonly observed in 2-year-olds during baths. During masturbation, a child usually appears dazed, flushed, and preoccupied. A child may masturbate as often as several times each day or just once a week. Masturbation occurs more commonly when a child is sleepy, bored, watching television, or under stress. Occasional masturbation is a normal behavior of many toddlers and preschoolers.
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Masturbation is a natural sexual activity that most people do at some point in their lives. It can reduce tension and provide some sexual release. It can also help people become more familiar with their bodies and discover their sexual likes and dislikes. Some people masturbate more than others. Some do it daily, some weekly, and some rarely.
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Masturbation is the sexual stimulation of one's own genitals for sexual arousal or other sexual pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm. Studies have found that masturbation is frequent in humans of both sexes and all ages, although there is variation. Various medical and psychological benefits have been attributed to a healthy attitude toward sexual activity in general and to masturbation in particular.
Part of the difficulty may be the need to acknowledge that children are sexual beings. The misunderstandings and secrecy about masturbation add to parent and child discomfort. By definition, masturbation is self-stimulation of the genitals.