Published: 2022-02-23

Gratification disorder in a toddler: perils of excess screen time

Rajesh Rai, Neelu Elon, Prithi Inamdar, Swetha Chowdary, Bhavya S. Kaniti


Infantile gratification (masturbation) is a self-stimulatory psychological behavior that is often misdiagnosed as epilepsy. It is more common in girls, occurs at 2-3 years of age and is often associated with perspiration, irregular breathing and grunting, but no loss of consciousness. Occasionally this is associated with child abuse or other psychopathology.


Infantile gratification, Psychopathology, Toddler

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