red and swollen penis

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my 7 1/2 month old son's uncircumcised penis is red and swollen. i've read a few other conversations about this. people have mentioned infection or yeast. i'm also wondering if this might be because he has recently "found" his penis and is exploring it... it could just be irriated from that?? anyone have thoughts?? i've taken him to the pedi and he was no help... um, i'm looking for a new pedi!!!


Anastasia - posted on 03/25/2009




I would agree about the new pedi. Around that time, my pedi (who is very supportive of leaving my son intact) said I could start VERY GENTLY pulling the foreskin back to wipe it with some clean water every so often. He said just to be very careful and when I got to the point of the slightest resistance stop, not looking to tear the frenulum. You may want to ask your new pedi. Good luck!

Vicki - posted on 06/04/2009




My son, 9 has this condition from time to time. After visiting the pediatrician several times, and finding out that it is caused by a fungus (which is apparently very common in males- it's the same fungus that causes athletes foot), I just treat it with a topical anti fungal ointment such as lotrimin. It works like a charm. I'm not sure if it's the most natural remedy, which I like to choose when I'm aware of one.... Let us know what helps.


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Elizabeth - posted on 05/23/2009




Hello son is still intact and have researched quite a bit on the matter and I have found that there is a consensus of not pulling back the foreskin at all until at least age 3...some books say is a link I found targets a few of your questions.

Doreen - posted on 03/20/2009




Hi Shannan, :)

You definitely need a new pedi.:)) Your baby's penis can be irritated from him exploring it but it could be anything else from minor infection to yeast, and a reliable doctor is the one to tell after seeing it. Good luck to both of you :))

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