DS (15mo) has been itching and playing with his penis ever since he discovered it. Within the last few weeks (months?) he's really been itching, first his penis, then testicals and bottom.
I took him to an ND a couple times who didn't think much about it. We took him to a new ped 2 weeks ago who said it was yeast. First of all, I just never thought it was yeast and didn't even notice the pinkness until she pointed it out (tip of penis, scrotum, and anus all slightly pink). Also, he hasn't been on antibiotics recently, he eats very healthy (no refined sugars or wheat either), he's diaper free at home always, I have no yeast signs, etc. I gave him an OTC anti-fungal, GSE, ACV in bath water and stripped dipes.
It didn't go away and the last few days has been sick w/a cold or something. I took him to a different ped today (I didn't like the previous one, though she did not touch his penis). This one preceeded to retract just the slightest bit (but I know anything is retracting) and I told her not to, but it was too late. She was one of those who just isn't educated, but means well. Anyway, I couldn't believe I let that happen and have been crying about it, so please no lectures. She said he has an infection and gave a antibiotic cream, with an oral one just to take if not better in 48hrs.
First - is the cream OK to give? I don't do antibiotics (we've had too many issues w/them), but topically, I don't know. What if it is yeast (she didn't do a swab), wouldn't it make it worse? Is there alternatives? I'm giving him garlic and GSE, anything else?
Second - He has had a history of too much messing with his penis. He had a catheter at 3 mo. and I was not educated, they probably retracted and I don't even remember (it was already so traumatizing!) Then, a few months ago he'd been messing around down there and red and I pulled it back again. That's the day I got on this forum and you wouldn't believe how horrid I still feel, to know that you might be the cause of your son's pain, ugh, I'm disguisted w/myself. Plus, he's been messing (and I mean going to town) with it for months. Is all this what's caused this?
Third - could he have had this infection that long? Or would it have gotten worse? Maybe it started w/yeast and then went crazy?
Please, any well meaning advice and opinions would be great, sorry to write a novel, but I'm at the end of my rope (did I mention he's sick and teething now too?!).