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Painful red line down the underside of penis?

post #1 of 9
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My sweet, intact DS is 4.5 and occasionally says that his "peanut" hurts. When I check, I usually find that the line going down the underside of his penis is a little red, but he says it doesn't hurt when he pees. He does frequently take baths, (once, sometimes twice a day) but not with bubbles, just water. I've never been concerned enough to take him to the Dr. because it always clears up after a day or two, but I wonder what causes it. Any ideas? Is there some sort of separation business going on in there?
Thanks!
post #2 of 9
I think it's normal for the line to be red. I'm pretty sure my son's looks like that too.
post #3 of 9
Could be erections that feel odd to him, so he explains it as hurting; could be separation pain (two of my boys went through a bit of that).

As for the red line, all my boys have that same red line. I think it's called the raphe or something.
post #4 of 9
It's the raphe line. It's a normal part of all penises. It's just the little seam where the body closed up while developing in utero. It just is a bit more prone to diaper irritation than the top side of the penis b/c it can stick to the scrotum and trap gunk.
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It's the raphe line. It's a normal part of all penises. It's just the little seam where the body closed up while developing in utero. It just is a bit more prone to diaper irritation than the top side of the penis b/c it can stick to the scrotum and trap gunk.

Yep - make sure the area is really dry. Or maybe some powder - lots of grown men powder their balls for this reason!!!
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Yep - make sure the area is really dry. Or maybe some powder - lots of grown men powder their balls for this reason!!!
LOL, when ds was in diapers, I always unstuck it for him every diaper change . Otherwise, things would get a little red underneath
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LOL, when ds was in diapers, I always unstuck it for him every diaper change . Otherwise, things would get a little red underneath
At night, DS's foreskin gets stuck in a funny position from being in a hot diaper all night. DH noticed it this morning and was all concerned. "It's all weird-shaped... fix it!" lol.
post #8 of 9

My son (5.5 mos)

gets that too. Usually clears up in a day or so.
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At night, DS's foreskin gets stuck in a funny position from being in a hot diaper all night. DH noticed it this morning and was all concerned. "It's all weird-shaped... fix it!" lol.
OMG! ROFL. I notice this on my DS too. His foreskin will fold under, his penis gets crooked and I have to unstick it before I take him potty so it doesn't shoot every which way.
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