4-year-old son complains that his penis is 'bugging' him

Dori - posted on 04/13/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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For about 6 months now, my son has been complaining that his penis bugs him. It started out mostly when he was in the car seat, so I originally thought it was the harness rubbing against him. But, over the past few months, he complains about it CONSTANTLY - ALL DAY. It doesn't matter whether he's naked, wearing underwear, or a pull-up. Doesn't matter where we are - he complains/cries about it.



Before you suggest taking him to the doctor, I already have. Dr. suggests that he's going through a normal stage of development for boys in which part of the old circumcision is sort of deteriorating. Dr. tells me that some boys complain. However, this is ALL DAY and he even pulls his pull up off in his sleep (resulting in mom cleaning off a crying toddler and changing sheets in the middle of the night).



He is the third out of four boys. I'm not entirely new at this. The other two boys never complained about this and I'm so frustrated that I can't help him out of his discomfort. Any suggestions/insight????? HELP!!!

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Karen - posted on 05/17/2014

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I just started googling " 6 year old complaining of tip of penis being itchy all the time " because my son is on the couch right now settling down for bed and he is flipping around like a fish out of water because of how itchy he says his penis is. I am ready to loose my mind over this, it has been going on for 2 months now if not longer and he has been seen by his pedi 4 times and it's the same answer every time " the tip looks a little dry ". One visit she said " it did look a little red and a little dry as well " but that's it. He was just seen two days ago also for a cough and ONCE AGAIN I had her look at it because he had been complaining about it since he woke up that day and was scratching it like crazy in her office ( i even told her to watch him while he was doing it so she could see how uncomfortable he looks ) and once again she said there is nothing to see, " it looks fine ". This time she suggested trying Claratin for children and1% hydrocortisone cream for two weeks. The other times I have seen her she suggested desitin ( or any diaper rash ointment ) Eucerin calming cream, aquaphor, warm oatmeal baths...stuff like that. Needles to say, NOTHING has worked. I can't figure out for the life of me what it could possibly be. I asked her if it could be a yeast infection and she said " no ". She just keeps saying " it looks fine ". I am at a loss. I feel so bad for him but I don't know what else I can possibly try. We are just figuring out he could possibly have anxiety problems and his pedi wants to try him on Zoloft. His school nurse thinks maybe it is anxiety related which makes sense at certain times when he could be anxious but he's certainly not anxious all day and night and at bedtime which is when it's the worst. I don't know what to do!!! Any suggestions would be so helpful.

Sondra - posted on 09/22/2012

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I know this was posted a couple years ago, but my 5 year old son is having the same issues, no infection, yeast or uti, and everything looks fine according to three different doctors at the same office. It has been going on for months now. Did you ever figure out what the problem was? My son had surgery about a year ago for a Hydrocele in the right testicle but all the doc's say that looks fine, and he doesn't complain about the testicles, only the tip of his penis. There has to be something wrong for him to complain almost daily for so long. Thank you!

Dori - posted on 04/13/2010

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I made an appointment with a pediatric urologist today. It isn't until the 27th. I'll post back to let you guys know what happens. Thanks for your posts. I'm keeping Boudreaux's Butt Paste on it (which is the magic medicine in our house)

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I would take him to a different doctor. Does it itch or hurt? Maybe there is an infection that hasn't been diagnosed. Does it look healthy under the foreskin? I hope you get an answer soon. Try rubbing vaseline on it "to make it feel better." That's the magic medicine at our house since my son doesn't know the difference.

Louise - posted on 04/13/2010

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I would definately go and see another doctor. Your son is complaining regularly so there is more to this than meets the eye. He is growing all the time and if the ligaments inside his penis are not growing as quickly as they should this would cause a thight feeling and discomfort. This can be easily corrected with day surgery. Children are not body dismorfic at this age so he really needs to be investigated further. By all means try the cranberry juice just incase this is a simple yeast infection. Sorry I can't be more help!

Theresa - posted on 04/13/2010

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I agree with trying another doc. I have 3 boys, two of whom are 11 and 14, the 3rd is an infant. Neither of my older boys ever had issues like that. You also could try Cranberry juice each day. That's supposed to help with urinary tract infections. It definately sounds like something abnormal to me.

Roseann - posted on 04/13/2010

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I would go to another doctor to see what they say, my son at four ended up with a yeast infection.... Yes boys can get them. They can get it from some medicines!



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