My 12 month old has his first ear infection, for which he is taking amoxicillin. He was fussy and seemed uncomfortable on and off throughout the night last night--I attributed his fussiness to his ear hurting and stayed up with him much of the night. This morning, when we went to change him, we saw-to our horror- that he had a diaper-full of diarrhea (probably caused by the antibiotic) that appeared to have been there for some time. It was probably the real reason he was fussing, poor bub.
He never poops at night and we were thinking "ear", so we never checked his diaper.
He is pretty red (like a sunburn) over his bum-area, but his poor penis is very swollen and pink. (He is intact) His foreskin area is particularly irritated/swollen and about 3-4x's the normal size. It appears he is still able to urinate. I'm assuming the delicate skin got very irritated as he sat in his diarrhea overnight. (ugh, I feel so guilty for not thinking to check his diaper!) It is very tender and he is very sensitive to his penis being touched to clean it or change his diaper.
I am adding a probiotic (Culturelle) to his diet to hopefully negate some of the diarrhea-side-effects of the Amoxicillin. So far, we have just sat him in a baking soda bath for about 45 minutes and cleaned the area with a drop of mild soap (Shea Moisture), just to get the poo off. I slathered him in Calmoseptine (not on his actual penis, but around the base) and put him in a chlorine-free diaper. I'm not sure what else to do. I do not want to take him into the doctor's office for fear of retraction/unneeded intervention.
My middle child had a similar incident happen several years ago, but his foreskin wasn't as swollen. From what I recall, it resolved on it's own.
Has anyone had similar experiences with their intact little ones? I would love some guidance/reassurance/advice. Thanks!