Having a baby who has just been born into the world in a perfect and healthy condition is certainly something every mother craves.
No mother will be happy to see the baby they have just born apparently has a disease or has to be faced with a harsh reality. Because in fact, the beloved baby they just gave birth to is certainly expected to be born in good condition and without the slightest complaint.
Well, the condition for giving birth to a healthy and perfect baby is certainly not easy or all mothers will give birth to healthy children. To get this, you need at least a support that will ensure the health of your baby and a perfect birth. In order to have a baby who is born healthy, all efforts need to be made during pregnancy. That is why, the importance of nutritious food and drink intake is something that needs to be considered during pregnancy.
During pregnancy, every mother is required to be able to meet the nutritional and nutritional needs needed by the body and the baby in the mother’s stomach. This is of course done to support the growth and development of the baby in the mother’s womb so that it can run perfectly without being constrained by problems.
Starting by staying away from certain types of food to engaging in some healthy activities will probably support the mother to have a healthy pregnancy and be able to face a safe birth with a healthy baby. Some of these things are things that will support a mother to have a healthy baby with smooth growth and development.
However, even though some people have tried hard to always be sufficient and pay attention to their intake. Problems come like without permission, without notification and without prompting to come in and just act out.
Problems that attack newborns will of course be scary things and become nightmares for every parent. Why not, their big dreams seem to have been taken away, when they find out the harsh reality that their baby seems to be experiencing health problems. Never mind big problems, just small problems will generally make every mother panic and anxious when it comes to her baby.
Why not, I can’t bear to see our little ones have to endure pain or be afflicted with diseases that continue to eat away at their bodies. Not to mention, the “special” conditions that are not experienced by other babies will attack your baby and make them have to get “special” treatment compared to babies in general.
Even during pregnancy, nutritional and nutritional intake is always strived well. But in fact, when the day of birth arrives and the doctor states that your baby has a health problem, you don’t believe it and you wonder what is wrong with the lifestyle you live during pregnancy?
As one of them is a health problem that may attack baby boys when this time will be discussed. It is a condition of an undescended testicle in a baby that must be vigilant and with great care.
Because 3 out of 100 baby boys, are born with testicles or testes that do not descend into the sac. So what is this condition actually? Let’s find out more below.
What Is Undescended Testicle In Babies?
Undescended testicles in babies are also known as undescended testicle In medical parlance, this means the condition of the testicles that have not moved into the proper position within the skin pouch hanging under the boy’s genitals (scrotum), before the child is born. This condition usually occurs in one part of the testicle, but about 10 percent of cases occur in both parts of the testicle.
Undescended testicles are quite common in boys who are born prematurely or are born with very small bodies.
This condition of the testicles generally will descend by itself within 6 months after the baby is born into the world. So, when parents find the testicles in the baby have not come down, you should not panic too much, because this process will still go on as time goes by.
However, if after this time it seems that the testicles are still not descending, then you should immediately consult this matter with your doctor.
What’s the Cause?
Until now, doctors don’t really know what causes or sources that can trigger this condition can occur in babies. The combination of genetic factors, maternal health, and environmental factors is said to cause hormonal disorders. In addition, physical changes and activity that can affect testicular development are said to cause this condition to occur.
When the fetus develops in the mother’s womb, the testicles will begin to slowly descend over time into the abdomen.
And during the last few months before childbirth, this process will continue so that the testes will continue to descend through the inguinal canal in the groin area, until finally they enter the scrotum. In the condition of undescended testicle disturbance, the process is stopped or hampered.
What are the Symptoms?
Generally this condition will be quite difficult to detect, because this condition does not cause pain in the baby or does not cause other symptoms that can increase your alertness to your little one. There are several conditions to watch out for if the following things occur. Such a baby’s scrotum may appear smoother, less developed (either on one side or both sides), or appear small and flat. Even when you feel it, you don’t feel a lump in that area.
The condition of the undescended testes can be twisted in the stomach (testicular torsion), so this condition can interfere with sperm production in the future in the baby. Not only that, another risk that may be experienced by the baby is to increase the risk of hernias and testicular cancer.
When a baby is first born into the world, doctors generally will examine the baby’s scrotum. If the testicles are not found in the scrotum, the doctor will re-examine the baby when he is 3 months or 6 months old.
Diagnosis By Doctor
If apparently after examination at the age of 3 or 6 months the baby and the doctor still did not find the testes in the scrotum. Then a further examination will be carried out to follow up on this condition.
A physical examination is performed to ensure that one or both testicles are not in the scrotum. An undescended testicle may or may not be palpable on the part of the abdominal wall that is located above the scrotum.
If the testicles are still not palpable, surgery can be performed to support the diagnosis and at the same time for therapy. There are several surgical methods performed including:
This surgical method is an procedure performed using a small tube equipped with a camera feature at the end. This tube will be inserted into the child’s stomach through an incision. Laparoscopic surgery is used to determine the position of the testicles in the stomach.
This method can also show whether there are testicles in the stomach or not, or it may only show that there is a small residual testicular tissue that is no longer functioning where this tissue needs to be removed. However, there is no need to worry that this surgical method is safe as long as it is performed by a specialist and will recover easily.
Another method of surgery is to perform open surgery. Namely exploration directly through abdominal surgery or the groin section. It’s just that, this method is quite rare.
How to handle it?
You may feel worried after seeing and understanding the discussion above so that you will really need some form of treatment.
The best treatment for this case is by submitting treatment to a doctor. Doctors will usually advise to wait and see the progress for a newborn baby.
If it seems that this condition continues and the testicles do not go down, the doctor will recommend surgery on your little one through surgery. This surgery will generally be performed when the baby is 9 to 15 months of age. This surgical operation is quite safe and effective. And most babies will recover quickly.
As for other treatments that are also done is by using hormone therapy. This therapy will be able to work in helping to lower the testicles to where they should be, which is in the scrotum of the baby. It’s just that, this therapy will generally cause side effects in your baby. For other therapy, children can get an injection of the hormone HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) to make the testicles immediately drop to the bottom.
This surgical treatment is very important because having undescended testicles can increase the risk of other conditions in the body, such as:
The first problem that will possibly be faced and affect the health of the baby in the future is infertility or fertility problems.
Damage to the ability of the testicles to produce sperm can occur since a child is 1 year old or 12 months old. That is why doctors will recommend treatment of testicles in babies that do not descend into the scrotum when the baby is 1 year old and not older than 24 months.
The next problem that may be faced by babies who have undescended testicles is testicular cancer.
Men born with undescended testicles have a higher risk of testicular cancer compared to those who do not face this problem. However, this type of cancer will be curable if this condition is detected early.
Those are some things that can be conveyed from the threat of undescended testicles in babies. In essence, every problem that attacks health is important to solve immediately before the problem turns into a disaster that will endanger someone’s life.
Especially in babies, the immune system that has not been formed strongly, will tend to make babies susceptible to disease disorders. Immediately overcome all kinds of diseases before it’s too late.