Nudity And Your Child
Feelings about nudity vary from family to family. Exposure to nudity with siblings or the parent of the same sex is fine and probably will continue indefinitely in locker rooms and so forth. But, nudity with the parent or sibling of the opposite sex probably should be phased out between ages 4 and 5. Reasons for this are the following:
- First: Your child will soon be entering school and nudity is clearly not accepted there.
- Second: Most families in our society practice modesty, so a child who is interested in looking at other people's bodies can get into trouble.
- Third: It is more comfortable for children to learn genital anatomy from siblings and age mates than from seeing their parents nude. If you are in agreement with these comments, then between age 4 and 5, begin to teach a respect for privacy. Stop showering and bathing with your children. Close the bathroom door when you use the toilet. Close the bedroom door when you get dressed and suggest they do the same.
If you have any questions about nudity, consult your healthcare provider.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. FAAP
Last Review: 6/1/2008
Last Revised: 6/1/2000
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