Roger Libby — May 29th, Dear Dr. Libby: My 2-year-old grandson seems to find great comfort and enjoyment in "humping" himself against the floor and other places. He does it on a daily basis, usually at sleep time. It is especially hard when we are out somewhere or in public, because he doesn't care who is around, and it is a little embarrassing. Should we be concerned, or is this normal behavior? Dear Puzzled: It is totally normal for young children to stimulate their genitals by hand as well as from rubbing against a surface. A 2-year-old is definitely capable of orgasm. Sexual desire does not begin at puberty. Infants have been observed to have orgasms - even though they can't be interviewed yet!
MONDAY, April 8, HealthDay News -- Talking to your children about sex can be awkward, but new research suggests that parents need to have those conversations much earlier than they do. That number varied greatly depending on where the boys lived. Race and ethnicity also made a difference in whether or not a young person had an early sexual experience. Black males were most likely to have sex before 13, followed by Hispanic males. The author of an accompanying editorial, Dr.
A new study has found that females who have their genitals touched when young are likely to hit puberty earlier than their peers. Research carried out on prepubescent female rats found that touching their genitals can cause the brain region that responds to such tactile stimuli to double in size, and signs of puberty can appear on the body up to three weeks earlier than non-stimulated females. The researchers are hoping to discover whether hormones or sexual experience play a greater role in the onset of puberty. In previous research, Brecht had found that the size of the genital cortex in both male and female rates doubles at puberty. He then wondered whether the change in the brain could also be a result of physical interactions, and whether puberty in female mice could be accelerated by contact with males. To find out, 21 prepubescent female rats were held either in a cage with an older male rat, or in one where an older male could be seen, heard and smelled, but no contact could be made. The difference between the two is that in the former, direct tactile stimulation could be made, whereas in the latter, there would only be exposure to pheromones. They also had more physical signs of puberty, including an increased uterine weight and vaginal opening. The researchers then sought to find out whether it was simply touch or the fact that it was by the males that accelerated puberty.
But what was just a worry turned into a nightmare the other day when I read Getting Real, a collection of essays on the sexualisation of girlhood. I was aware of the dangers of Barbie dolls and body image, but I was not aware of the recent research showing that all boys have seen pornography by the age of And girls are now "into" pornography at an alarmingly early age. Maybe this is why almost a quarter of them also said they had engaged in oral sex by the time they were Sauers, the mother of a teenager, says parents may not want to know what their children get up to but they need to "have some understanding of the world their kids live in".