Genital Problems in Infants (Male)

Any deformity or change in the genitals is of obvious concern to parents. Yet many of these changes can be corrected. Follow this chart for more information.

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Remember, be sure to consult with your doctor if you feel you have a serious medical problem.

Step 2

Answering Questions

  • Does your son seem to have one or both testicles missing?

  • Does the urine seem to come from the shaft of your son’s penis instead of the tip and does your son’s penis curve downward?

  • Is there still is a lot of skin surrounding the tip of your son’s penis even though your son has been circumcised?

  • Does it seem like your son’s foreskin is too tight to pull back?

  • Is it difficult to tell the sex of your infant at birth or shortly after?

Step 3

Possible Causes

  • Diagnosis

    Your son may have an UNDESCENDED TESTICLE.


    Self Care

    See your child’s doctor.


  • Diagnosis

    The urethra is a tube through which urine drains from the bladder. HYPOSPADIAS is a condition in which the opening of the urethra is located along the shaft of the penis.


    Self Care

    See your child’s doctor. HYPOSPADIAS may need to be surgically corrected.


  • Diagnosis

    Your son may have had an INCOMPLETE CIRCUMCISION.


    Self Care

    Carefully clean the foreskin on a regular basis. See your child’s doctor to check whether the surgery needs to be repeated to correct the problem.


  • Diagnosis

    This condition is called PHIMOSIS.


    Self Care

    See your child’s doctor.


  • Diagnosis

    AMBIGUOUS GENITALIA is a birth defect in which the genitals are not well-formed and are difficult to identify.


    Self Care

    Your child’s doctor may perform some tests to identify the sex of your baby. Treatment may include hormone replacement or surgery.


  • Self Care

    For more information, please talk to your doctor. If you think the problem is serious, call your doctor right away.