Hydrocele in Children

If you give birth to a baby boy it is advisable to get his testes and penis regularly checked by the pediatrician. Even if, at the first few visits there does not seem to be a problem, continue to get it checked. Little boys often develop what is known as hydrocele. When a baby is in the womb, the testes fall into the scrotum and close their passage after reaching there. However, sometimes, this passage may not close fully.

When your child passes urine, the entire urine is not passed out and a few drops remain. Through this open passage it begins to collect in the scrotum. Always notice the sixe of the baby’s scrotum and see if there is any variation between both.

In the case of hydrocele you will find that one side of the scrotum looks larger and hangs lower than the other one. Sometimes it may clear on its own. The child will not have any difficulty is passing urine, but this problem needs to be dealt with. Your doctor will examine his testes by pressing them in a darkened room and by putting the light from a torch on it. It will appear red in colour. This is the water that has been collected over time causing the problem. Even though it is not dangerous, it will need a surgery. It is a harmless and quick procedure wherein there is no pain even after the surgery.

After the surgery you will find that there is a marked difference in the size of the scrotum and it will look smaller and equal in size to the other one. If your child does happen to have hydrocele, you can let it be till the age of four to see, as it may even sort itself out. However, if by then there is no change a surgery is recommended. The surgery can be done as an out patient procedure where the child goes in the morning and can be discharged by the evening, and he will not really feel top much discomfort. The scar from surgery is very small and sure to fade away with time.