Our 8 month old son has what we have been told is an inverted penis. It basically looks like a belly button, though it looks like a typical penis when you gently push the shaft back (he is circumcised). Our pediatrician said that it is NOT, as we first thought, due to a botched circumcision; instead; he said it is due to his weight (he is 75% for height and 99% for weight--I think he's about 25 pounds). He was exclusively breastfed until 6.5 months and only eats minimal whole foods, so his weight is not a nutrition issue. We have been reassured that once he is a wild crawling guy, the weight will drop off and the fat pad which (supposedly) causes the appearance of an inverted penis will correct itself, but I am still kind of worried. Please let me know if you have any experiences with this and, if so, when the situation resolved (if it did). Thank you! note: a doctor's input was as follows: "Retraction of the penis is a common and normal phenomenon. It has more to do with body build than any disorder of the penis. It usually occurs in chubby babies or in older males who are overweight and have a large abdomen and thickened area of fat in the pre-puberal area (lower abdomen). It is most obvious in the sitting position. It has nothing to do with the size or function of the penis. In older boys or men, getting in shape and proper dieting usually results in lessening of the abdominal fat and the situation corrects itself. In the meantime, it is very important when bathing to expose the entire penis and wash it well before allowing it to retract again." By the way--I do know the difference between excessive scarring/malformation from circumcision vs. a more typically retracted penis. I am really just looking for other mommas who have had children with this condition.
p.s.: Editing this one again--to all the folks who said this was a side effect of circumcision...we have some lovely nakey pictures of our son when he was very young (under a month)--before he put on lots of beautiful weight from breastfeeding. His penis had a completely typical circumcised appearance.
Edited by McGucks - 12/4/10 at 6:38pm