Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Ell | 2009/10/06



hi all
my son is 16mnth. on Sunday as usual he woke up with an erection and i noticed something that looked like a dried up discharge on his penis. he is not circumcised and as we looked closer it looked like the pee hole was big. it seemed sore and he was crying when we pulled the foreskin down.the doctor (GP) gave him an antibiotic and some ointment. he said it is an infection but he couldn' t say how he could have gotten it.he said it could be urine that stays there after he pees.we thinking of circumcising him but for now i' m just not happy with the Dr' s explanation. what could be the cause of the infection?should we take him for a second opinion?

Expert's Reply



This may be an infection of the tip of the penis which is called 'phymosis'.The cause is usually not obvious. It would be a good idea to ask a paediatric urologist to see him as this infection often tends to recur time and again.

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Posted by: CIRP | 2009/10/08

I would strongly suggest that you find a new GP. Your Dr should know better than to forcably retract the forskin to such an extent that it caused your son such pain. The foreskin and glans in a child are fused to prevent foreign bodies and contaminants entering and causing problems. By forcing this retraction your DR may have dammaged these sensitive parts.
I will not even comment on the inaccurate statements made by the Pead in this reply.

Your son' s foreskin should not be retracted for any reason - not even daily hygiene. The structure is designed to be self cleaning.

This minor infection may be caused by either you retracting iit to clean, by the soap or moisturiser or your washing powder. When washing your son, simly wipe the penis as you would a finger. Avoid using soap to wash as this can irritate the mucosa.

Refer to on how to treat this minor infection. There is no need to damage your son with curcumcision in the treatment of this infection. The foreskin is not the cause - it is the victim.

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Posted by: NOCIRC | 2009/10/07

Phimosis is a constriction of the ridged band in the foreskin and not an infection - sorry but the Pead is incorrect in making such a statement.

Do not retract or otherwise manipulate the foreskin when bathing or drying your son - this is the leading cause of infection and causes scar tissue to form.

Urine is sterile and every time your son urinates it flushes out any remaining urine that may have stayed behind from the previous void.

Treat the infection with the ointment provided - bactroban is particularly useful.

There is absolutley no reason to subject your son to a circumcision to treat this minor and curable condition.

This may be a mild urinary tract infection. Change the brand of soap that you use to wash your son with - this may be causing the infection. It amy also be causede by the brand of siaper that you use.

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