Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Tracey Dugmore | 2010-07-09

Q.

sensitive penis

I have a little boy aged 8 years. he was circumcised at 3 days old and there have been no problems. About 2 weeks ago I noticed that he is forever fiddling in his undies and that he is uncomfortable.

He complains that his undies are rubbing up against the head of his penis and that he is trying to pull the skin back over to stop the problem.

What can I do to help???

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

As your son has been circumcised it is highly unlikely that he has an infection of the head of his penis which is known as phymosis.He may have a candida rash of his penis especially if he has had an antibiotic recently, but this is also not very likley.He may well have a contact rash from his underwear which should be changed to a loose fitting cotton sort. Cut off all labels. Wash his underpants separately using Sunlight soap and rinse well.

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Posted by: Frank | 2010-07-12

Amongst the many roles that the foreskin plays, such as the proper mechanical functioning of the penis and sexual stimulation during sex, the primary function of the foreskin is to protect and moisturize the glans (which is designed to be an internal organ) from being exposed and rubbing against clothing, etc. In time, the body will thicken the skin on the glans, making it less sensitive. But, as a sensitive organ, will constantly be exposed as a result of the circumcision.

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