Hydrocele in Children: Care Instructions

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Picture of different types of hydroceles

A hydrocele (say "HY-druh-seel") is a buildup of watery fluid around one or both testicles. It causes the scrotum or groin area to swell.

Many baby boys are born with this condition. It does not cause pain. The swelling it causes may look scary, but it is usually not a problem. It will probably go away by the time your baby is 2 years old.

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.

How can you care for your child at home?

  • Most of the time, all you need to do is watch for any changes in the swelling.

When should you call for help?

Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • The swelling comes and goes.
  • The swelling causes pain.
  • The swelling gets worse.

Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:

  • Your child has new or increased pain.
  • Your child does not get better as expected.

Where can you learn more?

Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd

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Current as of: August 12, 2016