I was just getting my kids in the bath and noticed that my 7 year old son's testicles looked odd. On closer inspection, one of them is hugely enlarged - like about 5 times the normal size. You can see and feel one testicle that is normal but you can't feel or see the other testicle - it's just a big swollen lump. It's not red. He says it doesn't hurt. He is peeing normally. He doesn't recall getting hit or kicked in that particular spot.
Is this something to be urgently worried about? If it's like this in the morning I will take him to the doctor, but should I be doing anything more urgent? I tried calling NHS direct and the message said they were super busy and were only dealing with urgent cases. Not sure this qualifies. But don't want to just ignore it either. He says he doesn't remember if it was like this earlier.
I suggest you keep trying NHS direct for advice. DS has had this problem intermittantly since about age 8yo & it means nothing for him (he has been checked out). But in some cases it can be serious, they will probably want to examine him soon if not today (5x too swollen is very swollen).
Most of the very serious things it could be would hurt an awful lot, so I doubt it's that urgent (others will tell you different, I suspect). Odds are that he thumped it and didn't notice because he was having fun.
Don't worry my 3 yr old has something similar at moment and it's most probably a hydrocele (you can do a test for this which ur son may find either cool or gross ....shine a torch up against the swollen testicle if it glows it is probably a hydrocele - fluid filled sack, not an emergency but get GP to check out) Checked with DH(dr) and he says pain is warning sign of anything more serious , testicular torsion is excruciating and you'd have already rushed him off to a&e if that was the case Pain free wait and see GP, will probably just watch & monitor it til it goes down DS has a referral to paediatric surgery as his is interfering with weeing
Thanks for your advice. Spoke to NHS Direct. Because there is no pain, redness or any other symptoms, we agreed that it could wait till morning to see the GP. But I will check him again later this evening and see how it's looking. Wonkylegs - I tried the torch trick but couldn't really see any glowing - just not sure I was looking for the right thing.
It looks like a swelling above his testicle in the scrotum sack - so perhaps it is a fluid filled sack.
He really was rights as rain except for this large bulge. Very odd. Will report back tomorrow if it has worsened or if the doc has anything to say
I'm sure it's fine, it is kind of difficult to see the torch thing sometimes -sons had his for wks now (my handy house dr DH was on hand to show me....but usefully said "I only know how to diagnose then not what you do with them, I do hearts !) Best thing I've learnt from him is to go with your gut.... If he'd been screaming in pain / deathly pale / unconscious you wouldn't have hesitated to rush him straight in, otherwise ask ask ask until you have an answer you are happy with Let us know how you get on , hope he's ok ....my DS has just spent weeks telling everybody he's going to hospital because he has "too big a winky"
Glad you know now what it is, hope it's not too horrible to get sorted. I always panic a bit with boys bits as I'm never quite sure what's normal for little boys I'm guessing your DS is a little old for bribery to be brave with a new Cars character (is making my son actually excited about seeing the surgeon) but I'm sure a bit of tlc and suitable treating will mean that you'll be more worried than he is by the time it's over Good luck and hope he's sorted soon