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Scrotal Pain in Children


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).

Seek care immediately if:

  • Your child has any warning signs of a serious problem.

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.

Warning signs of a serious medical problem:

Seek care immediately if your child has any of the following:

  • Pain that starts suddenly or is severe
  • Swelling in his scrotum or groin, especially if he also has severe pain or is vomiting
  • Red or black patches of skin on his scrotum or area between his penis and anus
  • Blisters anywhere in his groin or scrotum
  • A fever


will depend on the cause of your child's pain and his age:

  • 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 your child takes blood thinner medicine, always ask if NSAIDs are safe for him or her. 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.
  • Surgery may be needed to untwist the testicle or cord, or to remove dead or infected tissue.

Follow up with your child's doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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