Phimosis is caused by a tightening of the opening of the foreskin. This condition is normal in a newborn baby. Over time the foreskin loosens and can be pulled down more easily. By age 17, most boys will be able to fully retract their foreskin. Phimosis can also occur if the foreskin is forced back before it is ready. This can cause a fibrous scar to form. This can keep the foreskin from retracting in the future.
Paraphimosis is caused when the foreskin is retracted behind the crown (corona) of the penis and is too tight to be moved back to the tip of the penis.
Symptoms can occur a bit differently in each child.
The most common symptoms of phimosis include:
The most common symptoms of paraphimosis include:
The symptoms of phimosis and paraphimosis can be like other health conditions. Make sure your child sees his healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
Treatment for repeated phimosis may include:
Treatment for paraphimosis may include:
Talk with your child’s healthcare providers about the risks, benefits, and possible side effects of all treatments.
Possible complications can include:
Call the healthcare provider if your child has:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
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