I'm new to this board and am hoping for some advice. I come from a family with lots of girl babies, and my mum it at a loss to advise me!
I have a 9 month old intact baby boy. Recently I have noticed a couple of times when he pees his penis swells up like a balloon (briefly, as it streams out). It doesn't seem to do it every time, and at first I thought he was actually sitting on the end of it ( he was sitting up after a bath).
It happened again yesterday, although not so much, and he still seems to get the pee out, and the 'balloon' effect goes straight down. I spoke to the Plunket nurse ( an org. here that does baby health check ups) and she said as it causes him no discomfort and is not always happening ( I think, although I don't always see him go!) that I should mention it to a doctor next time I'm there, but it doesn't really warrant a visit just for that.
Now I'm totally torn. I want to see a doc to make sure he's okay, but I'm scared to go in case they overreact to something which doesn't seem to bother him and start insisting on retracting or even circumcising him. The thought really horrifies me and my husband, and I'm sceptical that they may just give me horror stories and make it seem really necessary.
On the other hand, perhaps I'm totally over reacting...I don't know anything about baby boys! Anyone had/heard of anything similar I'd be really keen to hear your thoughs.
My husband wanted me to do an internet search, but the thought of the results I'd get putting the keywords of such a sensitive issue in is too scary...so I've turned to your knowledge. HELP please!