Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: Mommy | 2009-10-20

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I would appreciate if you could offer me some advise.
I have a son of 22 months and I have started potty training him. He is not at a stage where I can leave his diaper off as I have to sit him on the potty and wait for him to do his thing. I usually do this before his bath and after each nappy change. I also ask him throughout the day if he would like to sit on the potty. If he says no I leave it and if he says yes I wil take his diaper off and put him on the potty. I sit next to him and sometimes he manages to do a wee and others not. He has also been doing number twos if I can see he needs to go I pop him on only if he is willing. Lately he is complaining of a sore bottom but he holds onto his penis and cries. When he does this I frantically get his diaper off to check what is wrong but I can' t see anything. He is circumsized and the penis is not red, there is no discharge and his bottom is also fine. While I am checking he has already forgotton and does not complain again. But a few hours later he might come to me and say sore and hold his penis again? What do i do. I can' t see anything wrong.
For a while now, he does not like me touching his penis at changes etc. I can wash in the bath but no wiping when I do a change. Could it be that it is sore or is he just aware of his penis now. I don' t make a fuss over it.
Another thing is I am not sure if his circumcision is correct. When his penis is normal the skin sort of folds under and reveals the head of the penis and this looks very neat but when the penis is very loose or when he has an erection you can clearly see the scar which is pink and one side seems to be shorter than the other or one side has slighlty more of the foreskin that the other. The ferinium part is still attached. My husband says it is fine but I worry about the scar.
I have noticed when he has a number two on the potty that he gets an erection as well as when he urinates sometimes. Is this normal?
What must I do when he tells me it is sore and I cannot see anything wrong?
Thank you.

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Your son is still very young and you seem to have done well with his potty training so far.He needs a bit of a break from this constant attention on his passing urine and stools. Give him at least a 10 day break with not a word about potties and no discussion about passing urine etc. Let him just progress at his own rate . After 10 days you can start again with your training. His circumcision seems normal. Erections in boys of this age are common and normal and do not have a sexual cause.

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