Originally Posted by Sojourner
Yesterday my four year old son started complaining that his penis was hurting. I just assumed that his foreskin was irritated for some reason and was planning on putting him the bath. This afternoon I noticed some yellowish white pus coming out of his foreskin. I am thinking that this is smegma but I wasn't aware that pain would be present. Anybody have thoughts? He has been saying lately that it isn't hurting as much. He has also been peeing without difficulty.
Yes it is smegma. Some boys go through this it is the foreskin separating from the glands and for some irritation may occur, it should go away in 24-48 hours. Check out this
link for more info. I'll give you a better response if necessary in a bit.
ETA: Ok so most of this is covered in the link but some combination of soreness, swelling and red tip can occur during the time the foreskin separates (often between 2 and 5) but it could occur earlier or later too. BTW it doesn't happen to all boys so if you had more than one intact son the separation might have occurred unnoticed in one but not the other. In any event a warm bath seems to help so you're on the right path.