About one in every two thousand babies will have genitalia that look a little unusual, either to parents, to the doctors delivering the baby, or both. There are many ways in which a baby’s gentalia could look unusual. The easiest way to remember is that if there is any uncertainty from parents or doctors about whether baby is a boy or girl, it should need as assessment. This is because too many babies with this condition get hurriedly assigned a gender in the absence of a thorough medical assessment. This can lead to immense problems in the future for the child, in addition to anxiety for the parents.
Apart from ‘just looking unusual’, other ways in which a child’s genitalia could look unusual are :
- Micropenis : the penis appearing too small and thin for the age of the child
- Undescended Testicle : one or both of the testes not being of an adequate shape and size and / or not being ‘down’ , ie not being seen in the scrotum
- Lumps felt in the groin of a newborn baby girl
- Clitoromegaly : e a baby girl with the clitoris appearing larger than normal
- Hypospadias / Epispadias : the urinary opening being unusually situated above or below the penis, ie in an abnormal location in a boy
- Chordee : the penis being small and bent in a curve-like manner
If you think you have a child or teenager under the age of 18 years with the above, they need an assessment from a doctor with special expertise in these conditions. This needs to be done as soon as possible. Kindly do not delay seeking expertise for these conditions.
For more detail on individual conditions in this category, kindly click on the following blog links micropenis, hypospadias , chordee, undescended testicles, clitoromegaly , intersex, DSD
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