When I was pregnant I wished and hoped and prayed I’d have a boy, partly because my family has way too many women and partly because I sincerely thought it would be easier to care after a male: simpler genitals, no periods, no risk of unplanned pregnancies… it seemed so simple!
Boy, was I wrong.
From day one, my son’s penis has been an endless source of stress, fear, contradicting medical advice and even more contradicting (and loud) comments from laypeople.
I decided not to circumcise.
That should have been the end of it, right? No more issues with the boy’s penis until he starts using it as a weapon of mass destruction after he hits puberty and starts looking like this?
*sigh* I should start looking into a monastery to lock him up when he turns 13.
I left the boy for a week to go to Pasadena and start furnishing our future home, and I came back to find him hale and hearty and happy and… “by the way, it looks like C got an adhesion now, but we didn’t really want to touch him there until you arrived.”
So I checked and voila, there is a whitish lump right at the edge where the foreskin is separating from the penis. I immediately did what any responsible parent would do: I Googled “white lump on baby’s uncircumcised penis what the HELL should I do” and braced for the results.
Thanks once more, Internet, for driving me totally up the wall with contradicting information:
So, if you see a white lump under your son’s foreskin, you know that the separation of his foreskin and glans is occurring naturally.
Yeast bump. Just give him more diaper-free time and it’ll clear up.
So we immediately took him to the Dr. It turned out to be what everyone here is talking about, Sebum. Basically the skin can reattach to the head of the penis creating a type of pocket for Sebum. Although I thought it was under the skin…it was just trapped between the skin that reattached to the penis.
I took him to the DR monday. She showed me how I can pull it back without causing any harm to him. She said the bump is smegma. EWW! To just give him warm baths and lightly squeeze it to see if it will come out, but not to force it. It can last up to 6 months.
And of course, there were the usual panic-mongering ostriches who made me fear my son’s pecker will fall off due to my neglect:
Make sure you keep it clean though because they can get infected really bad. My cousins son had one on his testicle and it got super infected because he was sitll in nappies, it ended up swelling up so much it looked like he had 3 testicles!
Please, please, please if your baby has any spots in the diaper area that have whiteheads–go to the doctor immediately! It could be a staff infection, and if not caught early enough, can turn into an abcess which then has to be opened and drained–it is horrible.
In the end I dealt with it in the way common sense told me to, and it looks OK now. Still, he’s got a checkup due on Monday anyway, so I’ll get the doctor to look at it.
There. Done. Is this it? Can I stop fussing over my baby’ penis now?
Here’s hoping the next one is a girl. At least I KNOW all there is to know about periods and unplanned pregnancies.