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My son is constantly squeezing his 'privates' saying that it bothers him

Yet another issue with my kiddo (the 6 yr old burping) is that he has been saying that his 'privates' bother him and I catch him constantly tugging it/stretching it out. This has been going on for about 3 weeks and I have taken him to the doc who says there is nothing physically wrong, put him in loose boxers/pants, warm baths and lets see if it gets better. Well, I have been doing that, but yet, still the same issue. I try to find out if it is 'as much' as before, but with a 6yr old, they don't understand that too much. I don't want to have to see a urologist as the pedia mentioned....has anyone gone through this with their lil' one? It isn't due to excitement either, saw him tugging in the shower and it wasn't in that stage, if you will.


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Asked by cnt1771 at 1:34 PM on Jan. 21, 2013 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • ask his doctor

    Answer by escuchar at 11:01 PM on Mar. 21, 2014

  • i would take him to the specialist but it may also be what Ilovemypaulie said

    Answer by booklover545 at 1:52 PM on Jan. 22, 2013

  • Could just be a nervous thing. You could try putting some diaper rash ointment on there... maybe it is sweating or something.

    Answer by m-avi at 4:58 PM on Jan. 21, 2013

  • He may have a for lack of better word a "bent" tube somewhere, maybe from his scrotum to his penis or in his urinary tract is "bent", or maybe even in his bladder to the penis, I think the doctor will most likely do a dye test and or CAT scan, be sure to tell them exactly what you wrote above ^^^^^ almost like a pinched nerve kind of thing.

    Answer by jerseydiva at 3:39 PM on Jan. 21, 2013

  • LOL, good one jerseydiva, that put a smile on my face when it has been difficult lately with the worry. To answer all the above, it definately isn't something he is faking or playing with. When he is laying next to me on the couch playing his DS he will 'jolt' in a way squeezing his legs together...almost like it happens really quick and then goes away. It will happen a couple times and then he will pull at it. Nothing is sticking to the other. Just honestly like he is being pinched really quick on that one spot and he stops it by squeezing it. I will always ask him if he has to go to the bathroom and he says, no mommy, it just bothers me. Well that makes 2 of us, lol. Really need piece of mind, so will take him, just finding out it isn't too easy to get an apt in the near future! Ughhh.

    Comment by cnt1771 (original poster) at 3:24 PM on Jan. 21, 2013

  • I was going to say a urinary tract infection as well, but when he was in the shower, did you walk in on him and then he complained? Or vice versa? Sounds like he may be entertaining himself, and afraid to discuss it with you? But I would keep the appointment to be on the safe side, and if all checks out tell him that it is fine to tug away, but in private only. LOL

    Answer by jerseydiva at 3:13 PM on Jan. 21, 2013

  • Whether you want to take him or not doesn't matter. The ped suggested a urologist, and I'd take him. Neither of my boys ever did that, and the fact that it's been going on for 3 weeks would really concern me. Have him checked out - if there's nothing wrong, then you crack down and make him stop every time you see it.

    Mine never did anything like this, but my youngest would constantly "rearrange" himself last summer - it was so hot that his penis would stick to his scrotum, and when he would jump up or move really quickly, it would hurt - I guess prying themselves apart. So he would "rearrange" trying to avoid that. It doesn't sound like what your kid is doing, but you could try some powder between them and see if it makes any difference. But I'd still get him in to be seen, just to be safe.

    Answer by wendythewriter at 2:40 PM on Jan. 21, 2013

  • To tell you the truth from reading your last post he may just be an obsessive type personality. He comes up with something in his little mind & beats it to death. His penis probably hurts because of all the tugging. I bet in a week or two he finds something else to obsess over. Not a big deal. Some kids are just like that. I would first bring him back to the Pediatrician & have them do another urine test. If it comes up negative again, it's time for a talk. My Son just discovered his & I say "if you keep on grabbing it, it may fall off. Then what?" Call me a fibber but it worked here! Just ignore him when he obsesses over it & say "Stop that!" Ask him if he sees other boys doing it & say then you shouldn't either!


    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 2:21 PM on Jan. 21, 2013

  • if the doctor mentioned taking him to a urologist- then that's what I'd do- especially since it doesn't seem to be going away

    Answer by charlotsomtimes at 2:16 PM on Jan. 21, 2013

  • Is he suffering from his penis and scrotum sticking together? Does he say it hurts?

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 2:02 PM on Jan. 21, 2013

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