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Underside of DS penis is red along the "stem"

My 8 yr old, intact, DS complained that his penis was stinging and thought that it was b/c he spilt a little pee on himself. So we got him into the shower to rinse off and he cringed upon touching his penis. It looked totally normal, no red spots visible, at first. But on the underside of his penis I could see a bright red line, running from the base to the head of his penis. The red is exactly along that "stem". What is that thickened, ligament looking part of the penis that looks like a ridge line or a stem actually called?
The tip of his penis looked fine, but when he gently pulled back his foreskin a little bit (just like he does when he washes) I could see that the tip underneath the foreskin was a bit red also.
What kind of infection is this that makes that line on the under side of the penis turn red?
Hoping to do natural home care for this.He wants to avoid the doctor. Any guesses yall have would help.
Baking Soda bath seemed to soothe him enough to go to sleep. It's been hot here lately, so I'm hoping this is just an irritation due to sweat and/or laundry detergent or something simple to fix.
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That line is called the "raphe" and is the seam where the two parts of the penis came together and joined when he was developing in utero. All penises have one and it is often red. Go to www.circumstitions.com and they have a glossary of terms describing the various parts of a penis. Often the tip of a foreskin is more red than the rest. Your observations do not really indicate an issue or point to a reason why your son is experiencing stinging. It may just be "separation trauma" which occurs when the inner lining of the foreskin detaches from the surface of the glans , creating raw spots that heal within a day or two. This is a normal process that is triggered by hormones and happens at widely varying ages. You did not say whether he is able to retract his foreskin. If not, then the separation process is one step, along with widening of the tip that takes place in order for retraction to be possible.
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