My 9 yr old ds is complaining of a swollen testicle. He claims his brother punched him there yesterday morning, a claim denied. However he is still walking like John Wayne this morning but won't let me take a look. Would a punch cause this kind of swelling 24hrs on? Should I be worried?
Sounds normal. I had to look into this a lot because my 9yo DS had unexplained swelling (ended up seeing consultants a few times). If it's still there in a week or he runs a fever with it, or it is VERY painful, or if it becomes a recurring problem then you seek medical advice.
Get him to read this and he can tell you if he thinks that's the description for him. The thing about torsion is that it usually happens out of the blue for no obvious reason, whereas OP's son knows he's had a blow in the knackers, lol.
Ooh definitely go and get it checked asap! A&E if necessary. DS1 had a suddenly swollen testicle when he was 9 weeks old. It was testicular torsion and he was v lucky not to lose his ball. The window for rescuing the ball is v short (literally hours).
And I seem to remember that testicular torsion can happen due to trauma.
Please go...I'm not usually a "A&E NOW!" poster, but I do worry that people might leave it til the next day to see if it gets better (I so nearly did this myself).
He has been fine really it is only recently that he has asked about it and is considering his options.
We were keen to impress apon him that it will not affect his fertility or sexual acivity and for the moment he seems content. I would answer questions when he starts asking about it naturally.
My own opinion is that I would rather he did not have any unnecssary surgery but I keep that to myself because it is entirely his decision and I do not know what it is like to have one testicle (or any for that matter!).
Thanks, I would def answer honestly, I don't want him to have any unnecssery surgery either, we were just told by his consultant to go to the gp when he's about 18 and fully grown to see about cosmetic surgery, they don't really help with the emotional stuff, I don't want to make him feel any different but want to make him aware to be more careful.
I was also worried about him being injured in sporting activity but I think that is something he has to take an ordinary risk in. I would rather he carried on with his rugby and hockey than being ultra careful and not taking part in anything.
I think avoidance would damage him psychologically and he would always be fearful of something "bad" happening.