Gratification disorder

Gratification disorder

Gratification disorder, also known as infantile masturbation or benign idiopathic infantile dyskinesia is a form of masturbatory behaviour in children.


The disorder is characterized by self-stimulation of the genitalia frequently associated with unusual posture and movement, sweating, flushing, tachypnea, and typically begins in infancy and early childhood

Case study:

Differential diagnosis:

These can be mistaken from the abnormal posturing and movements during masturbation
  • Epilepsy
  • Abdominal pain
  • Paroxysmal dystonia
  • Dyskinesia


Counseling and educating the parents:

Let them to understand that it is a normal behavior in children and that they will often outgrow it. Therefore, scolding the child could result in positive reinforcement of such behavior and low self-esteem; rather they should be gently talked to on the need to avoid such behaviors especially in public places, then subsequently even in privacy.

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