When your child injures his or her genital area, the pain
can be quite severe at first. Usually, the pain subsides over the course of a
few minutes to an hour. The severity of the pain is not always an indication of
the severity of the injury.
After an injury to the genital area,
it is important to watch for urinary problems. A visit to a health professional
is usually required if your child:
An injury can also damage the
urinary tract. The kidneys are not as protected by the rib cage in children as
they are in adults. Most injuries are "blunt" injuries, usually involving
falls, such as landing on a bar, or car accidents. A blow to your child's back
may injure a
ureter or kidney.
abuse and objects being placed in the
urethra may injure the urethra or bladder. You may
feel uneasy if your health professional brings up the issue of child abuse.
Health professionals have a professional duty and legal obligation to evaluate
the possibility of child abuse. It is important to consider this possibility,
especially if there were no witnesses to your child's injury.
you think your child has been abused, call your local child protective agency, police, or a health professional. There are resources available for help.
March 10, 2013
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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