small testicles

Katie - posted on 08/15/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I don't know if this is TMI or not but I'm freaking out a little here! Since the birth of my 3rd child, 2nd son , 6 weeks ago we've noticed my older son (18 mos) is not "well endowed". We've kind of joked about it but recently we've really started paying attention and actually getting worried. We've noticed that his scrotum is really small and always tight, we've looked for his testicles up higher in his abdomen but couldn't find them there (we were really hoping to find them there, easier fix). After a more thorough examination of his scrotum we think we found two pea sized testicles in there. We don't know how long they've been like this because our GP told me when he was 4 mos old to stop bringing my kids in for their checkups because we don't give them needles. My husband has taken him to the hospital because we don't want to wait until Monday to make an appt. Please tell me this has happened before and everything ended up okay.

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Krista - posted on 08/15/2009

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I find it funny that there is suddenly a problem with vaccinations when we all received them as children and we all grew up happy and healthy. I know I did.

Sharon - posted on 08/16/2009

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What I find funny is you could have avoided the whole immunization point by saying you were looking for information before going to see a doctor.



No need whatsoever to mention "we don't give needles" but you did? Why?



Autism isn't death and I have yet to hear even strong anecdotal evidence for SIDS and vaccines. I do know that as a child I only heard about "my great so-n-so had polio" but never "my brother/sister/neighbor/friend had polio" and suddenly two years ago - some kids popped up with polio. Mumps is on the rise out here, so is whooping cough.



Your GP was right to an extent - don't bring your higher than likely disease carrying children to a place where immuno compromised and susceptible young children might be.

Cindy - posted on 08/15/2009

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Undescended testicles are fairly common in premature infants. They occur in about 3 - 4% of full-term infants. In most cases the testicles descend by the time the child is 9 months old.



Once a testicle has been discovered in the scrotum, it is generally considered descended even if it is temporarily pulled back (retracted) on a later examination.



Sometimes a condition called retractile testes will develop. In this condition, the health care provider can sometimes locate the testicles and sometimes not.



This occurs because of the strength of the muscle reflex (cremasteric reflex) that retracts the testicles and the small size of the testicles before puberty. In this instance, the testicles descend at puberty. This is considered a type of normal. Surgical correction is not needed.



Testicles that do not descend by the time the child is 1 year old should be carefully evaluated. Studies suggest that surgery should be done by this age to confirm the diagnosis and to reduce the chances of permanent damage to the testicles.



Testicles that do not naturally descend into the scrotum are considered abnormal. These undescended testicles have an increased likelihood of developing cancer, regardless of whether or not they are brought down into the scrotum.



Bringing the testicle into the scrotum maximizes sperm production and increases the odds of good fertility. It also allows examination for early detection of testicular cancer.



In other cases, such as vanished testis, no testicle may be found, even during a surgical procedure. This may be due to a problem that occurs while the baby was still developing in the mother. It may be present at birth (congenital).



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There are usually no symptoms, except that the testicle cannot be found in the scrotum (this may be described as an empty scrotum). Adult males with an undescended testicle may have problems with infertility



Problem here...they were found in the sack.



So, what does this mean. Stop stroking your babies penis and rubbing his scrotum. Chill out. But...

For the love of GOD get a PEDIACTRICAN. NOT A GP. Get some one who gives a sheep about only kids.

Neither my boys, or their daddy have a big package. That is life. The only time "Mr. Winky and the Twins" get any attention is when a Quailfied Doctor examines them. I am not a man, I wouldn't know the difference between their Twins and a blood vessel. I'm the mommy, that's it. I keep the kids clean, fed, enriched. That's it.



Just my view. Sorry for any offense.

Katie - posted on 08/15/2009

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We're back from the hospital. We decided to skip our local hospital and we went straight down to Sick Kids in Toronto to be as close as possible to all our best resources. The pediatrician was able to locate his testicles and says they are still in his scrotum (they were found near the base of his penis) and they are considered retracted. He is considered to be healthy and fine and it is no reason for concern... yet.



Rebecca- I totally agree with you and we are going on the hunt for a new GP on Monday. It's something I've been meaning to do and this situation has REALLY motivated me to do it. I always felt it was inappropriate for him to send us away and I'll make sure his office knows he did that.



Sharon- I think you are being amazingly rude. We are all doing what we feel is best for our children. We did very extensive research and decided that to not immunize was the best choice for us. We do not want doctors to inject poison into our kids systems to protect them from diseases that aren't even a big threat anymore... it just insults their systems, not to mention the risk of autism and SIDS. But this was our decision to make and I do not judge others for what they have chosen to do. God created a perfect world and it was made imperfect because of sin of man, I embrace everything that God sends my way, but I don't need to be "thrilled" about the hardships. Do not judge me for doing what I feel is best for my children. Judge not least you be judged.

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Sharon - posted on 08/16/2009

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I still think you're snerting. Your whole post seemed designed to bring up the whole vaccine issue. I had helpful advice - I just didn't believe you were actually here to read it. I still don't.

Katie - posted on 08/16/2009

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Sharon- If I had said it like that it would have been a lie. We had already made our decision when my oldest was a baby. There was a need to mention that we don't give needles because that is why our GP told us to stop coming.
Why are you going on discussion boards that you are not willing to offer any advice or help for and just be negative and mean on a topic that I didn't ask about? Why do you feel the need to be mean to people when all they need is a little help?

Katie - posted on 08/16/2009

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Thanks everyone for your support.



Rebecca- The next step is we get a new GP or a pediatrician and just observe and wait. If they don't properly come down 'full time' within an appropriate time that is decided upon by the doctor I think we start talking about surgery, but I'm not completely sure.



Cindy- I only took notice of my sons issue recently, and we didn't 'fiddle' with him. We did give him a squeeze to see if there was anything there and took him to a pediatrician to find out what was really going on. I agree that I don't know what's going on down there and it wasn't until my husband said so that we actually went to the Dr.



RE: vaccines- this is not a vaccination discussion board. I always steer clear of those because it is a very heated discussion and people are always very passionate about their view point. I know where I stand and I am comfortable and confident of the decision that me and my husband have made. Yes the diseases are serious, but are they common anymore? And are autism and SIDS not serious?



I started this discussion because I needed advice and some comforting words, thank-you to those who offered just that.

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Katie, I am glad to hear your son is healthy and that he was retracted. I read your concerns and reply's out of concern since I have two boys myself. Rebecca gave great advice, change your doctor. With Blessing.

Rebecca - posted on 08/15/2009

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Yes God gave us the way to FIGHT the illnesses - but it is still God's place to JUDGE us as humans - we are all flawed and fall short of the glory of God.

Krista - posted on 08/15/2009

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God's place? I'm sorry, but it's MY belief that God gave us the knowledge to FIGHT these illnesses. No disrespect.

Rebecca - posted on 08/15/2009

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Katie - I'm glad to hear the doctor found the testicles. Did they talk about surgery or some other method to help them drop?

As far as those who commented about the immunizations - There are some diseases that have been on the rise but others that have not been in evidence since the vaccines have been in place. And as Katie said it is not our place to judge - it is God's place and He does a good job of it too.

Krista - posted on 08/15/2009

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Hmm.....polio and german measles and mumps aren't serious? I thought they were....

Rebecca - posted on 08/15/2009

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im glad to hear that the doctor was able to find your son's testicles.

so what happens now that they have been found but are retracted? would be interesting to know what the next step is????

Rebecca - posted on 08/15/2009

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my son is the same as your son,

have you had a look for his testicles while hes in the bath and hes all warm? i was freaking out one night coz i couldnt find his testicles so i put him in a warm bath and wouldnt you know there they are.

Rebecca - posted on 08/15/2009

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I think you need a new GP for one. I don't understand the 'we don't give them needles" reply but your child should have have their regular check ups - 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 months to make sure they are growing properly and have no issues that could be dealt with at an earlyl age. AS far as the small testicles. I knew a lady who's son had one smaller then the other. And basicly they needed to do surgery to get the testicle to drop down where it should be. If it is up too high in the body for too long the heat causes issues and your child could end up losing the ability to father children when he reaches maturity. You were right to take him to the dr and should make sure that the doctor takes it seriously - but it may be too late. I hope all goes well. Please remember to take your child in for all check ups even if you choose not to have immunizations - I do recommend the immunizations though as I worked at a health department and sat in on some of the immunization education that the nurses had as I worked with the parents and some of the things that can happen if your child is not immunized were really gross.

Sharon - posted on 08/15/2009

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I'm kind of curious? You don't care if your children get a crippling disease but small testicles worry you? God created disease and undersized testes and hermaphrodites? You aren't going to embrace this and be thrilled?

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