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My 5 month kid is having redish penis head and he cant urinate properly. No fever. Doctor had prescribed some antibiotics and asked to push the foreskin daily. I think these are symptoms of ballanitis . What steps to be taken to cure this and any preventive steps for future.

Thank you.

Hi, syam,

Balanitis occurs in uncircumcized kids.  Depending on how tight the foreskin is, the advice to pull it back may be good, or may cause more problems.  Generally keeping this area clean, soaks daily in a warm water, will do the trick.  Please be sure that the foreskin is not tight, for pulling this back may cause scarring and the eventual need for a circ.

Good luck, D.r Olson


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I would be happy to attempt to answer any questions about general pediatric topics, either medical issues or behavioral issues. This would include all the various questions one receives in a busy pediatric practice. I`m a board certified pediatrician in northern Michigan and have been in practice for over 15 years. I enjoy the teaching role I have in our practice and would enjoy the opportunity to help others with their pediatric problems.

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