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Acta Paediatr. 2013 Jul;102(7):762-6. doi: 10.1111/apa.12231. Epub 2013 Apr 26.

Girls who masturbate in early infancy: diagnostics, natural course and a long-term follow-up.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Falun Hospital, Falun, Sweden. per-olof.rodoo@regionhalland.se

Abstract

AIM:

To evaluate the natural course, onset, diagnostics and long-term follow-up masturbation in infant girls, which up to now has only been described in case reports.

METHODS:

Nineteen consecutive healthy, masturbating girls, diagnosed in early infancy between three and 15 months, were followed up for an average of 8 years. All were diagnosed in the same Swedish hospital between May 1996 and June 2010. Ten girls were videotaped and/or directly observed while masturbating.

RESULTS:

Mean age at onset of masturbation was 10.4 months. The diagnosis was based on history taking and clinical observation. Parents reported that masturbation ranged from a few times a week to two-to-fifty episodes a day. Twelve girls had stopped masturbating when this study was written, after a mean duration of 66 months. Their symptoms and diagnostics are described in detail.

CONCLUSION:

This is the first follow-up study of girls who started masturbating in early infancy, with a mean duration of five-and-a-half years. Diagnosis may be difficult, but with awareness and knowledge of the condition, a normal physical and neurological examination, a detailed history from the parents and, in particular, video documentation, it can be settled without extensive investigations and the parents reassured.

©2013 Foundation Acta Paediatrica. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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