Parents who kiss their children have been urged to reconsider the habit as it may confuse the child especially if they also kiss in front of the child.
Dr Charlotte Reznick, a child and educational psychologist at Californian university, UCLA, believes the habit, which is common among ‘modern parents’, may lead to early sexual behaviour among children.
“As a child gets to 4 or 5 or 6 and their sexual awareness comes about (and some kids have an awareness earlier – as when we notice they start masturbating at 2 or 3 sometimes – they just discover their private parts and it feels good), the kiss on the lips can be stimulating to them,” she said.
“If you start kissing your kids on the lips, when do you stop? It gets very confusing.”