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Urinary and Genital Disorders (Children)

Penile erection in children

04/12/2006

Question:

my baby is 3years old complaning of freqint penile erection whitch is painfull and last for about 60 seconds or more .this condition started 2 weeks ago in progresive course.please help me and my poor child .

Answer:

Painful erections is a condition that is called priapism. Priapism, however, usually only occurs in adults, or in boys with sickle cell disease, leukemias or some penile trauma. These erections usually last for hours. It is not uncommon for healthy boys to have intermittent erections. Most often these are due to some irritation in the boy's pelvis that leads to penile stimulation. The most frequent cause is mild constipation. A stool softener may help. Usually these erections stop happening after a period of time.

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Response by:

Rama   Jayanthi, MD Rama Jayanthi, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Urology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University