A straddle injury happens when your child hurts the area between the legs. This can happen after a fall onto an object such as a bicycle bar or the top of a fence. A straddle injury can swell and may bleed. It can be painful, but it's usually not serious. The pain should go away in 3 to 4 days.
In boys, the injury may be a bruise or a cut on the penis or on the sac that hangs below the penis (scrotum). Girls can get small cuts or bruises on the folds of skin or lips (labia) of the genitals.
The doctor has checked your child carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 20, 2017
John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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