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    An_221648 posted:
    My 10 1/2 yr old step son has been masterbating alot. Sometimes more than 1 time a day. Is this normal? When asked about it he says it is only thing that helps the discomfort and "keeps it down".
    Boyzmomee responded:
    How are you aware of his frequency?

    He may be entering puberty. No, it is not abnormal if it is not done obsessively and to the exclusion of other activities.
    momuv4girls responded:
    To add to Boyzmomee............does he have access to a computer ?? I would keep a watchful eye that he isn't visiting
    porn sites and such.

    You can put "parental controls" on a computer that will limit (if not eliminate) pornographic sites and not allow your son to access them.

    -Just a thought.

    Lainey_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Many boys at this age are touching more than masturbating. Your stepson might feel more comfortable speaking with his father about this.
    Louise_WebMD_Staff replied to Boyzmomee's response:
    That was my question Boyzmomee. I have no idea how often my sons masturbate or when. It's something for their room or the bathroom and done in private.

    "In young children, masturbation is a normal part of the growing child's exploration of his or her body. Most people continue to masturbate in adulthood, and many do so throughout their lives." from our guide to masturbation.

    If your son is having discomfort or irritation, you might want to schedule a trip to the pediatrician to rule out an infection of some nature.
    taiirayd replied to Louise_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Thank you all for the insight. I really did not think it was abnormal but his mother is "freaking out" about it. His dad will be talking to him about it and they are very close. I do not think that the discomfort is anything to worry about. This boy has a very broad imagination and I think is just going through puberty and with some communication from someone he is comfortable with will be just fine.

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