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predictablyanxiousinternetuser Thu 22-Jan-15 20:57:46

So, I know it's very normal for little boys to have erections and that there is not necessarily (or probably) anything sexual about this.

BUT... DS (age 6) today mentioned at dinner, casually and in a very unconcerned manner, basically told us (in 6 year old terminology) that he gets an erection when he thinks about blood. He said, "like, cuts and stuff". We kind of opened our eyes wide and said "hm, yes, I see, yes" in a desperate attempt to seem like this was totally cool. Then, at bathtime, DH said to him, "Look, this is quite normal, and it's all about your body getting ready to be a grown-up, but it might happen at any time, right? Not just if you're thinking about blood?" And DS said, "Yes, I suppose, but it always happens when I think about blood".

He is a lovely, normal, gentle little 6 year old who is kind and caring to his younger sister and baby brother. No other apparent psycho tendencies! I mean, he is mad on robots and warfare and guns, but so are all his little friends.

So - MN - er, IS this normal? Should we do/say anything further?


PS have namechanged for obvious reasons.

MrsTawdry Fri 23-Jan-15 11:31:17

I would imagine it's something to do with adrenaline OP. Not that he's got killer tendencies!

MrsIgglePiggle Fri 23-Jan-15 19:11:27

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kilmuir Fri 23-Jan-15 19:16:40

you are over thinking it

MrsIgglePiggle Fri 23-Jan-15 19:21:58

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Chavaloy Fri 23-Jan-15 19:41:53

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nbee84 Fri 23-Jan-15 19:52:30

If I see blood or cuts (in real life or on the tv) it gives me this strange feeling low down in my stomach, others have said they get this feeling too. Could it be linked to that?

MrsIgglePiggle Fri 23-Jan-15 19:56:24

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OwlBeGoing Fri 23-Jan-15 19:58:18

Have you got any friends with similar aged boys you could talk to?

Koalafications Fri 23-Jan-15 19:59:38


Dognado Fri 23-Jan-15 20:01:08

You are getting really weird replies, which says more about them than you. This is probably just one if those odd things. It's not sexual at this age and just that bodies do funny things sometimes.

rumtumtugger Fri 23-Jan-15 20:01:34

That's why she's come on here, Owl

Endler32 Fri 23-Jan-15 20:02:30

I think it's to do with adrenaline, as others have said 'the sight of blood gives you a funny feeling in your tummy', it's like a shock response, this can effect the body in lots of different ways, some people may be sick when they see blood or pass out, I don't think it's a sexual thing, just his body's way of dealing with seeing blood.

Dognado Fri 23-Jan-15 20:03:36

Also, exactly what Nbee said! For me it's a weird shivery leg thing thing that lots of people get. His body is just young and will grow out if it (well for this reason anyway!).

GotToBeInItToWinIt Fri 23-Jan-15 20:04:24

Some really odd replies on this thread! I wouldn't worry OP. As PP's have said I imagine it will be something to do with adrenaline.

Koalafications Fri 23-Jan-15 20:04:35

Sorry, my hmm face was at IgglePiggle

GotToBeInItToWinIt Fri 23-Jan-15 20:05:15

Chavaloy they aren't the OP's reasons though... They're the reasons her son gave. She's just recounting them here. Why does that make her weird??

dementedma Fri 23-Jan-15 20:05:24

When I see these threads, I wonder if my Ds is the weird talk ever of erections, or willies, or self-fiddling or any evidence of any erections.....he is nearly 13. All other mums of boys seem to talk endlessly about this. I haven't seen him naked in years but he does HAVE a willy. It just never makes an appearance the way it seems to with other boys!

MrsIgglePiggle Fri 23-Jan-15 20:06:07

Oh Dognado, I sometimes wish I was as innocent as you...

usualsuspect333 Fri 23-Jan-15 20:09:28

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Dognado Fri 23-Jan-15 20:16:18

Love it, getting called innocent by someone called MrsIgglePiggle, day made.

MrsIgglePiggle Fri 23-Jan-15 20:27:38

I know what you mean Dognado, but my child calls me this, so I feel no embarrassment.

You are still a fool (in this regard)

Dognado Fri 23-Jan-15 20:32:54

I wasn't trying to embarrass you, i just disagree with you. I think it's reasonable to ask this question. I would ask a friend or my sister this type of thing in real life if I was worried about it. If I had nobody to ask.. I might come to an online forum. But thanks for calling me a fool, I'll get over it.

GraysAnalogy Fri 23-Jan-15 20:33:47

Adrenaline doesn't cause an erection.

In fact it's more likely to prevent one.

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