PLEASE HELP - my 4 year old son says his penis hurts and the foreskin is red - Mothering Forums
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#1 of 4 Old 07-03-2013, 09:24 AM - Thread Starter
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Please please help, Of course this happens during a holiday week. and i really don't want to rush to the doctor if not needed anyway. My 4 year old intact son is complaining of his penis hurting very badly. The tip of the foreskin is red, more than usual.


this started after we came back from a long day at the pool, I assumed he was  just chafed or irritated by his bathing suit and from being wet all day. So, I put some lansinoh creme on it, hoping it would help.  He said it did. this was Saturday night


Fast forward to today, he is really complaining. I have him in the tub right now. But he won't touch it because he says it hurts.


I dont think he has retracted himself yet, actually I am pretty positive he hasn't, because my other iintact son, 8 years old, tried to show him and he didn't/couldn't do it 


Please tell me what I need to look for, what I should do, and when to call a doctor. I am scared of googling and finding the wrong info.


Thank you so much


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#2 of 4 Old 07-03-2013, 12:47 PM
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Gosh, to be honest I would try a zinc based diaper rash cream or some aloe vera and just call the nurse to see what they say.

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If you are still nursing, some expressed milk may help.  I suspect it was way too much chlorine for his sensitive area.   Probably something soothing there - calendula lotion? Aloe?  Maybe some swishes in warm water?  For next time, you guys may want to take time out of the pool, bring some spring water to swish & rinse in & maybe look for a salt water pool?  


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Since it happened after swimming my guess would be that it caused irritation. I would put soothing balm of some sort on it and my guess it will feel much better within 48 hours but if not then he has probably developed yeast or a slight infection and will need treatment for that.

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