My 12-month-old keeps grabbing/scratching at her vagina all the time; before just at a diaper change but now she is trying to do it any chance she can get to it.
At diaper change it is so hard to keep her hands away from it that I have to sometimes get my 8 yr old to hold her hands. She has been doing this for about 3 months.
Is this normal?Baby Help Line:
Baby’s Habit To Touch Private Parts
Your question made me smile as my youngest son is 19 months and he STILL grabs at his ‘bits and bobs’ at every available opportunity! My theory is simply this – at this age, that area is normally concealed under the diaper. When you remove the diaper, the area feels cool… and free! Your baby is then drawn to explore a part of her body that she doesn’t usually have access to, in the same way that she once played with her feet when she first discovered them.
If your little one is showing any sign of distress or discomfort (in other words, you feel that she might be grabbing at this area because something is irritating her), then check with your doctor to make sure there is no underlying medical cause.
Otherwise, I’d put it down to typical baby behavior and wait for it to pass so you can change her diapers in peace! It is a common behavior and completely normal. You can read about another baby touching the genital area here.
I hope this helps 🙂
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