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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
What do I need to know about hypospadias?
- Hypospadias is a birth defect that affects the development of your baby's urethra and penis. The opening of the urethra may be at any place along the shaft of the penis. The opening may be in his scrotum or perineum. The perineum is the area between your baby's scrotum and his anal opening.
- Your baby should have normal urinary function. A downward curve of the penis is common with hypospadias. Your baby's testicles may not have dropped into the scrotal sac. Your baby cannot be circumcised until the hypospadias is repaired.
How is hypospadias treated?
Your baby's hypospadias may need to be repaired through surgery. Surgery can be done as early as 3 months of age. The goal of surgery is to make the penis look and function normally. Some babies that have hypospadias also have a small penis. This may make it difficult to do surgery. Your baby may be given hormones to increase the size of his penis before surgery.
How do I care for my baby with hypospadias?
Your baby will need normal diaper care. Clean the diaper area well with each diaper change and check for signs of infection.
When should I contact my baby's healthcare provider?
- Your baby has signs of infection such as increased redness, crusting, pus, or large blisters.
- Your baby has a rash that gets worse or does not get better in 2 or 3 days.
- Your baby has not urinated or has a dry diaper for at least 12 hours.
- You do not see or feel your baby's testicles when you change his diaper.
- You have questions or concerns about your baby's condition or care.
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