Why does his wee-wee hurt?

Nikia - posted on 10/29/2010 ( 35 moms have responded )

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First time mommy here....My 3 year old complains from time to time that his wee-wee hurts. My mother said that it's probably growing. Has any other mother with a son experienced this? Is this really thing really growing at 3? or is there something else that may be going on?

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Jill - posted on 11/02/2010

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If he's drinking lots of juice & not enough water it can make his pee more acidic and therefore cause irritation. Also be sure he shakes all the drips off after peeing as leftover pee can also cause irritation.

Dana - posted on 10/29/2010

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Have you talked it over with his doctor? Sometimes boys say it "hurts" when their getting a hard on because they don't know any other way to describe the feeling.

Melissa - posted on 11/02/2010

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my son has had many penis problems, he's 4. He has had blood in his urine before and multiple infections. Pain in peeing or his penis can be a few different things. Penis's should be starting to retract by 3, maybe not completely but showing signs. I had to kind of pull it back a little more when he got his first yeast infection because i didn't realize how to do it the way my doctor did until i went with the problem. My son has been potty trained for 2 years now and he's 4, 5 in Jan. When he starts having accidents in his pants for me it's a sign of one of 2 things- bladder infection/ UTI, or a yeast infection. One way to tell if it's a UTI, he's not circumcized. I pull back his skin as far as it can go and if the tip around the opening is red, it's a yeast infection most likely. You can use canesteen for it, the female yeast infection cream, i do on my son, you can also mix it with hydrocortisone cream too, and it works. He has had multiple yeast infections, yes boys can have them too. He's only had 1 UTI, most problems are with the yeast infections. Good hygene and diet can help fix the yeast infections, certain sugars are bad for yeast infections! Also bubble baths can cause them, that's why the user that said stop bubble baths as asked by the doctor was told that. I also only use baby soap and shampoo on my son because of his sensitivity. Also when bathing your son, wait until your about to take him out of the bath to clean him with soap, those soaps sitting in the water can affect your son too just like bubble baths.

Krista - posted on 10/31/2010

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Eileen, a three-year-old's foreskin is not SUPPOSED to go back. Studies have shown that only 25% of so of three-year-old boys will have a retractable foreskin.

Nikia, it would be worthwhile to take him to a doctor to see if he does have any sort of infection, but whatever you do, do NOT let your doctor force your son's foreskin back. It's really very common for the foreskin to have little to no retractability at that age, and forcing it back can cause damage and infections.

Suz - posted on 11/03/2010

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sounds like a urine infection, I am an RN, and the symptoms are pain/ burning sensation on peeing. Poor thing, take him to the dr and give a urine sample there, they can test it straight away, and give antibiotics to clear it up.. have him drink plenty of water ongoing, not so much he's sick but as much as he can tolerate to flush it out, and yes dehydration encourages it as it causes the urine to become concentrated which attracts the bugs that cause the infection. Hope that helps

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Iliana - posted on 11/02/2010

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It could be hygiene. Or dehydration. If it's smelly, clean it - one little boy i babysat had a painful little wee. It smelled so bad! Just needed to be cleaned better. :/

Jo-Ellen - posted on 11/02/2010

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Is he urinating frequently, like every ten minutes, and nothing is coming out? UTI leaves kids feeling like they need to pee all the time even though there is nothing in the bladder. Another indicator would be waiting as long as possible to pee because of the pain. If it is something that comes randomly, my DS will tell me his penis hurts and that's about it.

Sara - posted on 11/02/2010

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I read the other mom's posts and what happened with my son isnt there yet.. guess it's rare.. he played with himself too roughly and broke hid boy hymen, I didnt know they had one.. it didnt bleef but suddenly he had a retractable foreskin. Dr prescribed an antibiotic ointment.

Monica - posted on 11/02/2010

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All three of my sons went through that. I starting noticing that their penis would sometimes get hard when they had to pee. So when they would say that, I said well, its time to go potty. Never anything serious.

Tabitha - posted on 11/02/2010

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Try talking to a pediatrician first, My little brother had that same problem, my mom gave him some cranberry juice, it may or may not work. It depends on the child

Kath - posted on 11/02/2010

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he might have a urion retract infection. its common in little boys. just go to the dr and get him checked out. good luck

Sam - posted on 11/02/2010

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Sounds like a water infection to me, make sure he drinks lots of water, or watered down drinks, if it doesn't pass then take him to the doctors. Good luck xxx

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Our paediatrician explained that sometimes small amounts of gut bacteria can travel from an unclean bottom to the penis (eg in the bath), and cause a minor infection. He recommended washing bottoms before bathing, not sharing a bath with a younger sibling (who might have an unclean bottom) and avoiding public swimming pools. Since then (3 years ago), we've had no problems with painful 'wee wees'.

Diana - posted on 11/02/2010

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it's quite possibly a bladder infection or urinary tract infection. Also could need his urinary hole stretched

Cindy - posted on 11/02/2010

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I have a 3 year who is uncircumsised (?) and from time to time his penis gets a little swollen and can be quite sore, a paed surgeon explain that it can happen an accumulation of dead skin cells under the fore skin as the skin becomes more moveable. After 24 hrs (where he has a slight discharge) it goes away and all is well. He does complain occ that the end is a little sore but I think that is from his curiousity (lol). Does it hurt when he urinates? I would not think it has anything to do with growing. My other son did not complain about the same thing but their body parts are quite different (TMI). Hope this helps.

Katie - posted on 11/02/2010

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My son was holding his urine in and it would hurt right after he would go. I finally went to the doctor and she said it was likely spasms from holding it too long. She had me give him lots of water for a couple days and had him go every 90mins or so. Now I just make sure to remind him more often to go and we don't have the problem nearly as much.

Lisa - posted on 11/02/2010

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my boys are uncircumcised, and sometimes it's just about more careful washing with soup, but there is a slight redness. This is normal- I don't know about circumcised people though- probably normal.

Claire - posted on 11/02/2010

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But also, if he is drinking a lot of sodas rather than water or juice, it could be a bladder infection. A dr. call/visit is definitely in order.

Claire - posted on 11/02/2010

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When my two sons were small (2.5 yrs apart) they did complain. My older son for some reason always had a 'hard', the other one had too small of a pee hole. It was recommended that he have surgery to enlarge it, which we opted not to do, and he hasn't had any other problems. We lived in the 'country' then, and they got chiggers a lot, too.

Sandra - posted on 11/01/2010

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My little grandson, when he was staying with me got a yeast infection. I had never heard of a boy getting one, but he cryed and complained all the time that it hurt. I wouldn't take any chances. I would take him to the Dr.

Paula - posted on 11/01/2010

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If he has an infection give him Cranberry juice also, you can dilute it with water a little if you want. That helps flush your system.

Deborah - posted on 11/01/2010

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If You didn't have him circumcised there's a possibility that he could have an Urinary tract infection (UTI). The infection rate is higher among uncircumcised males. Take him to his Pediatrician to have him checked to make sure nothing is wrong.

http://kidshealth.org/parent/system/surg...

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He might have a bladder infection causing discomfort. Discuss this with his doctor via calling his nurse to see if the doc thinks he needs to be seen etc.

Heather - posted on 11/01/2010

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First off...is he circumcised? If not, at that age boys can get irritated from the foresking not being pulled back and washed under when bathing. I have several boys and only had my oldest circumcised. NEVER retract the foreskin before 2 years old. Any doctor will tell you that. Just make sure he is well cleaned,and dried well. It should clear up. If not...maybe look into a UTI if it happens when he pees.

Lisa - posted on 10/31/2010

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my son use to say it was his little manhood hurt after weeing,it turned out that he had extra foreskin and when finishing wees a drop or two would be lodged,so with extra care and attention he was soon back to himself.pull back the foreskin very gentle(that only if he does have extra skin) if its really red/a bit raw looking just clean it 2-3times a day,doctor wont give u anything been there.

Beth - posted on 10/29/2010

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Have to say ditto to the hole being too small. I have twin 4 yr old boys and they were saying that frequently. They both had surg. and it has fixed the problem. One of the things that let us know of the problem was that they urinated to the side, it never went straight. Just a thought.

Christy - posted on 10/29/2010

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This sounds totally gross, but my son complained once about this (2 at the time, in diapers). I found a hair wrapped around his penis! I am not sure HOW it happened, but I was able to take it off. Another thing I have heard about, if poo gets into the opening it can cause a lot of pain.....assuming he is in diapers. If not you just may have to take him to the DR. Just to be safe. I have never heard of the growing thing, not to say it isn't true, though.

Kristen - posted on 10/29/2010

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Is he still in diapers? It could be the brand. My sons was red and itchy and he complained that it hurt as well. I changed diapers and it cleared up immediately.

Nikia - posted on 10/29/2010

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Thank you ladies for the feedback. I will double check with his doctor, but I don't do bubbles in his bath b/c it's too harsh on his skin. He drinks tons of water everyday. He will ask for it before he will juice.

Suzanne - posted on 10/29/2010

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when my son around that age first started being curious about it he would play too ruff with it or pull it the wrong way and cause pain for himself, after talking to him the pain stoped and now he is more gentle...now if we could get him to contain it to a private place we would be thankfull.=)
but if he is saying it only he pees or just after get him looked at because it most likely is an infection

Amy - posted on 10/29/2010

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My son is 4 and was saying it, we called the doctor and they said it could be the bubbles in his bath water. Sure enough a couple baths without baths without bubbles and he was fine.

Dana - posted on 10/29/2010

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Yes, it definitely depends on when he's saying it hurts, obviously if it's when he's peeing it can be a bladder infection.



That being said, adding water will not help a bladder infection, he needs to see a doctor.

Louise - posted on 10/29/2010

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make sure your son is well hydrated as this could be a sign of a bladder infection. Try and get him to drink water to flush out his kidneys. If he continues to complain then take him to the doctors he may need antibiotics. I have raised two sons and when they say it hurts to pee it has always been an infection and nothing to do with erections. Start with the water and if nothing changes take him to the doctors.

Courtney - posted on 10/29/2010

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My doctor recently told me that my son's "pee hole" is too small. Obviously they didn't do the best job when they circumsized him, and as he gets older it could create problems. Also, my son used to dry hump things (sorry, wasn't sure how to put that), so keep an eye on him. Hope that helps.

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