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Scrotal Pain in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about scrotal pain?

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).

What may cause scrotal pain?

What are the warning signs of a serious medical problem?

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

How is the cause of scrotal pain diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine your child and ask about his pain. Your adolescent may not feel comfortable talking about the pain. Encourage him to talk to his healthcare provider. It is important for the provider to know as much about the pain as possible. You or your child should tell the provider when the pain started and how long it lasts. Your provider will ask if pain started in another area and moved to your child's scrotum. The pain may also move from his scrotum to another area. Tell your provider if your child has pain during exercise. Tell the provider if your child had an injury to his groin or any recent illness. Also tell the provider if your child has any problems urinating. Tell your provider if your child has not been vaccinated, especially against mumps. Your provider may also ask your adolescent about his sexual activity if he is sexually active.

How is scrotal pain treated?

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

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my child's healthcare provider?

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You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. 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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