What Should You Do When Your Child Has Hypospadias?

what should you do when your child has hypospadias-Dr, Vishesh Dikshit

When a child has hypospadias, a congenital condition in which the urethral opening is located on the underside of the penis rather than the tip, it’s important to take certain precautions and avoid specific activities or practices to ensure the child’s well-being and a successful surgical correction if required.

Don’t delay Medical Attention:

If hypospadias is suspected, it’s important not to delay seeking medical attention. Early diagnosis and intervention can lead to better outcomes.

Avoid Circumcision:

If you’re considering circumcision for your child, it’s generally advisable to wait until after hypospadias repair surgery. The foreskin can provide important tissue that may be needed during the surgical correction.

Avoid Tight Diapers or Clothing:

Avoid using tight diapers or clothing that put pressure on the genital area. This can potentially lead to infections and cause discomfort.

Do Not Pull or Stretch:

Parents should avoid pulling or stretching the foreskin or attempting to forcibly expose the glans. This could lead to further complications.

Dealing with Infections:

If signs of infection, redness, or unusual discharge are observed, do not attempt to treat it without consulting a healthcare professional. Promptly seek medical advice if there are any concerns regarding infection.

Keep the Area Clean:

Good hygiene is important. While it’s essential not to force the foreskin back, you should still clean the genital area gently during baths. Avoid harsh soaps or chemicals that could irritate the sensitive skin.

Consult a Specialist:

Consult with a pediatric urologist or pediatric surgeon for proper evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations. Avoid seeking treatment from non-specialized practitioners.

Be Informed:

Parents should educate themselves about hypospadias and its treatment options to make informed decisions regarding their child’s care. This includes understanding the potential surgical procedures and post-operative care.

It’s important to remember that every case of hypospadias is unique, and the specific recommendations may vary based on the child’s individual condition and the surgeon’s advice. Always follow the guidance of a Pediatric Surgeon or Pediatric Urologist who specializes in treating hypospadias to ensure the best care for your child.