Tonight my son (21 months) was signing "hurt" and pointing at his penis. I noticed that it seemed red and swollen, and he was crying and seemed in pain. This went on for close to an hour. I removed his pajama pants/underwear when we put him to bed, as these seemed to further irritate him, and he eventually fell asleep. I am hoping it is cleared up in the morning, but I was wondering if this sounds like a normal experience to you mothers with intact sons at this age?? I have noticed in the past month or two the appearance of a few miniscule "balls" visible beneath his foreskin, surrounding the glans. I assumed this was smegma buildup as the foreskin separates on its own. I don't know, but it never seemed to bother him before tonight. For the record, he has never been retracted (absolutely not!).
Potentially complicating factors are that he had diarhea this morning and vomited two different times today (several heaves each time). The second time, just before he started complaining about his penis, he had vomited on his own lap while sitting on the toilet. I wondered if he'd gotten stomach acid on his penis, and perhaps that was part of the problem. Ugh. I am hoping this is all cleared up by morning, as I have a great reluctance to let a doctor examine his penis, for fear he'd do more harm than good.