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Scrotal Pain in Children
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Scrotal pain can happen at any age. The most common ages are newborns and adolescents. The cause of scrotal pain can range from a minor injury to a serious medical condition. It is very important to seek immediate care if you know or think your child has scrotal pain. The pain may be a warning sign of a serious condition that will need treatment. Without immediate care, your child may be at increased risk for losing a testicle or being sterile (not having children).
Return to the emergency department if:
- Your child has any warning signs of a serious problem, such as severe pain or skin changes.
Contact your child's healthcare provider if:
- Your child has a fever.
- Your child's pain does not get better, even after he takes pain medicine.
- Your child has new or worsening pain.
- You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.
Your child may need any of the following:
- Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your child's healthcare provider how to give this medicine safely. Some prescription pain medicines contain acetaminophen. Do not give your child other medicines that contain acetaminophen without talking to his healthcare provider. Too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage. Prescription pain medicine may cause constipation. Ask your child's healthcare provider how to prevent or treat constipation.
- NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions. Do not give these medicines to children under 6 months of age without direction from your child's healthcare provider.
- Antibiotics are used to treat a bacterial infection.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.
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