RX For Readers: Is navel play OK?

30.06.2012                      10.Tammus. 5772                      Chukat

Gesundheitsfragen:

RX For Readers: Is navel play OK?

It is impossible to stop a baby from self-stimulating the parts of the body, and it is wrong to do so.

When my daughter was very small, I used to put my mouth over her belly button and make noises with air pressure to make her laugh. She always did. But now that she is more than two years old, she plays with her own belly button – a few times a day – putting her hands under her clothing and rubbing it (apparently) for self-stimulation. Is this normal? I feel guilty for giving her the idea in the first place. I worry that this could result in an infection if her hands are not clean and whether some psychological damage could result. Should I get her to stop this, and if so, how?
I.M., Tel Aviv ….