United States - December 26th, 2005: The Department of Pediatrics, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, made a test, involving five girls aged 7 to 27 months, which used to have masturbatory posturing that did not involve rubbing and/or stroking the genitalia or copulatory movements.
This activity was wrongly attributed to seizures and abdominal pain. It resulted on prompting unnecessary diagnostic tests. The posturing began at 3 to 14 months and consisted of "leaning episodes" in which the supra-pubic region was applied to a firm edge or the parent's knee in one patient, stiffening of the lower extremities in a standing or sitting position in the second patient, and stiffening of the lower extremities while lying on their sides or supine in three infant patients. The posturing came often along with irregular breathing, diaphoresis, facial flushing, and lasted less than a minute to hours at a time. The Management hardly aimed to convince the girls' parents about the harmless nature of the activity and that this practice does not need of treatment.