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Our 5yo has just starting humping behavior. Is it normal and

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Our 5yo has just starting humping behavior. Is it normal and what should we do?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Parenting
Expert:  proexpert37 replied 4 years ago.
Hello and Thank You for consulting Just Answer. The behavior that you mentioned is often manifested because it feels "good" to children. However, you must ascertain if he has ever seen anyone else perform such actions in person, on tv, on the Internet,, etc. Also, you must make sure that no one has been touching him in his private areas or talking about touching him in those areas whether it was another classmate or an adult. You just need to clear the air to make sure he is not being abused or exposed to inappropriate images. With regards XXXXX XXXXX soon making the "humping" motions, it may be wise to just tell him not to do it but reward him with a sticker system when you see that he is not performing such actions. After 10 stickers, he gets a special treat or outing. If you let him do it on his room, he may start doing it even more, then start doing it at school, and then may want to engage other people in his actions. Additionally, you may want to mention it to your son's pediatrician who can refer you to a psychologist if his actions are becoming very bothersome to you and increasing. The psychologist may use a technique called Play Therapy to help your son control his actions and learn intervention and coping techniques of what not do when he feels the urge coming on.

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