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3 year olds foreskin is red and puffy, what could it be? my 3 year olds penis has been red and swollen on the foreskin for about 24 hours now. he is circumsized. it looks like a puffy ring just behind the head of his penis. its smooth and the bottom of it

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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Redness : Redness and irritation of the foreskin in a small child can be caused by a number of things: -infection (from bacteria, fungus or virus from poor hygiene) -irritation from environmental substances (such as creams) -trauma (diaper rubbing) -ammoniacal dermatitis (irritation caused by the ammonia in urine in diaper wearing boys) each of these has a different treatment, so it is important to call your child's doctor and have him seen. Balanitis is swelling, redness and irritation of the glans penis (the head of the penis) and occasionally involves the foreskin. This is most common in uncircumcized boys and is typically caused by poor hygiene leading to infection. Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry.

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