Ballooning happens when the foreskin starts to seperate but the tip is still non-retractable. When the boy pees the foreskin balloons out sometimes doubling in size and then goes down when the urine drains out. It is a normal process that happens when the seperation process starts and will resolve itself when the process is complete.
By them retracting your son it made the issue worse
never allow that to happen. Did they do it to fast for you to stop them or did you just not know that this was something that should never be done?? Please read the Warning to parents of Intact sons sticky at the top of the forum.
A bacterial infection should be treated with topical antibacterial cream and possibly oral abx. The cream should only be applied to the tip of the foreskin and around the outside. Retracting can make micro tears that allow the bacteria to spread.
If they didnt do a culture they should have it is really the only way to know if it is fungal or bacterial. If it is fungal, yeast, then the abx will make it worse so by putting both on there they defeted the purpose of the antifungal med.
I am not saying you are at fault for them retracting him. It is just so upsetting to me that medical "professionals" would do that since it is a big huge
I am not surprised he cries when he pees now since he no doubt has tearing were they tore the glans free from the foreskin
It could have even not been a bacterial or yeast infection it could have been that he was just starting the natural seperation process sometimes the foreskin gets red and irritated. If it is that then it will clear on its own within 12-24 hours.
If it is yeast then a OTC cream like monistate 7 day will clear it up. If it is bacterial then he will need to use a antibacterial cream like Bacatracin OTC.
I am sorry your little guy was so mistreated in the ER. I wish I could say I was surprised but unfortunatly we see it all to often here. It really breaks my heart to see little boys abused this way