Meatal Stenosis

Meatal stenosis is a condition where the opening (meatus) on the end of the penis is too small (stenosis). Even if your child has no present symptoms, it is necessary to correct this problem. Over a period of time, the kidneys can be injured from back pressure if this is not corrected. The surgery to correct this is a simple procedure. It is often done in the caregiver's office. The surgery consists of making a tiny incision (cut by the surgeon) on the bottom of the tip of the penis. This is associated with a very little momentary discomfort, but little post-operative pain.


Following the procedure, put petroleum jelly on the incision four times per day. The incision should be gently pulled apart. This is absolutely necessary so the incision can not grow back together again. This may cause a very minimal discomfort, so do not be alarmed if your baby cries. Only give your child over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by their caregiver.


  • The penis becomes red, swollen, or has a purulent (pus like) drainage.

  • There is continued bleeding that cannot be stopped with gentle pressure.

  • Your baby runs an unexplained temperature.

  • Your baby does not wet his or her diapers the same as always.