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:
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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, it is your responsibility to call your
health professional or contact the National Child Abuse Hotline and Referral
Service at 1-800-422-4453. Adults need to protect young children, because
children cannot protect themselves.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
April 12, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 12, 2011
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