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If a 2 and one half year old female suddenly becomes obsessed

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If a 2 and one half year old female suddenly becomes obsessed with putting objects into her rectum and her vagina, and becomes fearfull of having bowel movements in the toilet when she was previously potty trained, are those sx. of sexual abuse?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Bonnie replied 5 years ago.
Hello and thank you for consulting JA.

It is very common for children this age to put things in their nose and ears. There are many emergency room visits to take a foreign body out of nose and ears....but....not anus and vagina. It seems more likely that she would have had to be taught this behavior and it could be a sign of sexual abuse. It would be best to have her evaluated by the pediatrician and call protective services to do an evaluation of the person you suspect.

I am sorry you are going through this difficult situation. You said all the right things to her. good luck

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