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Male genitals can be injured easily. This is because the scrotum and penis are not protected by bones.
A genital injury can be very painful. But the pain usually goes away quickly. And in most cases, there is no long-term damage.
This type of injury often happens as a result of sports, activities, or falls. Sometimes a young child might play with toys or other objects near the penis. This can cause an injury.
A minor injury can usually be treated at home.
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 advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) 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 your doctor or nurse advice 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 advice line if:
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Current as of: November 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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