Join Date: Aug 2003
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DS is 4 and uncirced and has never had any issues with his penis before. Yesterday he started running a high fever (104) and seeming quite ill--did not want to eat, mostly slept. Motrin improved him dramatically, but once it wore off, the fever went back up. Then he complained several times that his penis hurt, and he refused to eat and still seemed very sick, so thinking UTI, I brought him in. I had to see a ped I do not know to get an urgent care appt. His urine was tested, and they found ketones, protein, and white blood cells, but no infection per se. It is being sent off for a culture. DS is slightly retractible and the ped retracted him a small amount and immediately said it was balanitis and claimed it was very obvious. He also said DS had smegma on his penis and that this was a sign of poor hygiene. He gave us an RX for abx and abx cream and scolded me for not making sure he retracts in the bath.
Would balanitis cause this much fever and illness? Is it possible DS is going through separation trauma and this is a separate illness? I don't really know what to think. He is obviously quite sick. His penis tip did look red and irritated, but then I don't really know what it normally looks like, as I have only briefly seen him slightly retract in the past.
grateful mother to DD, 1/04, and DS, 2/08