We have a newborn nephew (b. July 10, 2009) and he seems to have an erection every time his diaper is changed. I'm not sure if he has them all of the time but whenever we take his diaper off for baths or a just a change his penis is erect. What do you recommend? Should we be checking it more regularly? It doesn't seem to be uncomfortable for him and it doesn't affect his ability to urinate although he seems to have some issues with constipation. Could the constipation be an indicator of something (the constipation)? We appreciate your help.
Please stop worrying. Erections in babies are totally OK and to be expected. From birth, infants erect and/or lubricate--all on fairly regular cycles, and especially when feeling pleasure.
Infants are total feeling/sensory units. They feel pleasure from eating, touch, and eliminating. If you interfere with an infant's experience of his body, you'll give him the idea that there's something wrong with it, and set him up for a lifetime of sexual concerns or difficulties. Dr. J
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