I bet the teething is the fever . Some babies do teeth at 10 weeks, development is a curve.
Diaper rash can often spread to the base of the penis and top of the scrotum. The fact that the barrier cream worked suggests that's the likely cause. That part on the tip is very very often red for intact boys. As long as it doesn't seem painful and he has no problem urinating (and there's no other signs of infection or trauma, such as swelling, bleeding or actual pus, which looks different than smegma) then try a little 1% Cortisone if you feel really uncomfortable with the redness, you can find it at any pharmacy.
The synechia is pretty firmly attached. A little gentle pulling when wiping is a total non-issue. Even if it tugs the foreskin back a little. You can not damage your kid by wiping them, unless you're using a brillo pad or a blowtorch. Well, or wiping harder than I've ever heard of a parent wiping their child. Or using sandpaper. Anyway, no, that's not likely.
Ahhh. Scented diapers. Does he frequently have a rash on his behind, too? Did you just switch to these diapers? Has there been any skin drying or anything? I'd pick up a couple of very small packs of different brands of diapers and try them out. See if there's anything he's a little more able to deal with. Another thing you can do is cut strips of polyester fleece, the size of the crotch of the diaper (you can just cut rectangles) and wash them, then lay them between the diaper and your baby's butt.
Good luck. It sounds like the intact penis really worries you. Trust me, it's not nearly worth all the worry. It'll pretty much take care of itself. If you go into it freaked out, you'll find symptoms of something, when it's usually nothing.
Originally Posted by Thing1Thing2
Hi Lonelypageturnr, just the tip is red now. The whole bottom half was red yesterday before I applied the balmex.
I'm wondering if he's also teething. He has had his hands in his mouth and is drooling. 10 weeks seems early, but it seems like teething to me. That might be the reason for the fever.
No one would have purposely retracted him, but when we are wiping him down there I wonder if we are wiping him properly. I mean - he has pretty big poops and they frequently spread through his entire diaper area. I just try not to touch it too much because I feel I don't know what I'm doing Sometimes I just bathe him, but most times I use wipes or washcloths. I'm not sure I know how to clean it properly.
For diapers, we use disposables because I don't have my own washer/dryer at the moment. Recieved a gift of a huge box of disposable diapers which smell terrible. Some kind of baby powder type fragrance. Maybe thats causing the irritation...