Children Under Five Like Holding Their Breath?
Hello doctor, my niece is 4 years old, I noticed that she likes to sleep with face down position while holding her breath, until her body trembles (conscious state), this is done repeatedly, as if she gets pleasure from the way she held the breath, I’m afraid This disease is related to s * x, or he has experienced or imitated people who have done so. Thank you, Please answer yes,
Wa'alaikumsallam Beliaagustina, thank you for asking.
In children there are indeed stages at a certain age (generally toddlers) when children experience curiosity about their sexual organs. This is generally a part of a person's sexual development. But it must be aware of sexual disorders or irregularities, which in children can be difficult to detect because they do not recognize the so-called sexual arousal. In some cases it can indeed occur where a child gets a 'feeling of satisfaction' when playing with his sexual organs, even though that satisfaction is not the same as the satisfaction that is obtained by an adult. It can generally disappear on its own as you age, but it can also persist or even increase significantly. You should discuss this matter with the child's parents, first listen to how they respond. You can express your concern in a way that is not offensive.
It is also possible for the child to imitate someone's actions, both from real examples or from media such as television. The important thing to watch out for is whether or not there is a possibility of sexual abuse around the child. Once again, this is a very sensitive topic so the way to convey your concern to the child's parents must be very wise. Invite the child's parents to consult with a psychiatrist or psychologist if deemed necessary. You must remain vigilant but do not worry too much, because it could not be related to sexual disorders.
Hopefully this answer gives you some enlightenment. Regards.