I would actually wonder if there might be several things going on here. Without seeing him it is difficult to answer with complete certainty. To discuss the retracting genitals first: Is your step son overweight? Sometimes overweight children will have what is called a "hidden penis." The penis is essentially buried beneath the extra weight in the lower abdomen and groin area. It may be that his penis has looked this way for a long time but if you haven't examined his penis and testicles for a while you might not have noticed. With respect to the testicles. There is something called a cremasteric reflex that pulls the testicles up when the inside of the thighs are brushed. If this happened just before looking at him it may be that all he needs to do is relax and wait a minute or two for them to go back to where they should be. Another trick is to have him sit cross legged in a warm bath and check to see if they are both in the scrotal sack at that point. Boys at 9 years of age will frequently know if they have their two "balls" where they should be. Never hurts to ask him. If both testicles are not down it is worth making an appointment with his pediatrician
to have him examined.
With respect to the sunburn
and chafing in the groin area. It is interesting. Again a couple of potential possibilities. The most obvious is that the groin perhaps was irritated by sand from the beach in the bathing suit causing a contact irritation. Often a bath and some thick cream or ointment applied to the area (with or without hydrocortisone
- sometimes it stings if the kids are sensitive) can do wonders to remove the irritation and treat the pain. If the pain is severe then oral pain medication may be necessary. If it is particularly itchy then an oral antihistamine (diphenhydramine
) can be helpful. If the sunburn itself is bothering him then oral pain control, topical aloe vera
, and sometimes a steroid
cream can be helpful for sunburn relief.
The other possibility I would not ignore is the possibility that he has a strep or staph infection. Certainly is he has fever (38 Celcius or above) and/or sore throat
, this becomes even more likely. With the concentration of the "sunburn" in the groin which really shouldn't have been exposed to the sun (unless he was at the beach naked) I would be worried that the groin sunburn isn't a sunburn at all. If the area looks just like a patch of redness all over the groin then you might want to bring him in to see his pediatrician.
Also next time at the beach remember to reapply the sunscreen. Grandmas usually don't forget to have the children put the sunscreen on but often it is difficult to get them to put it on again, and again, and again throughout the day. The biggest mistake people make is not reapplying the cream. If you are sweating or swimming ideally you should be putting on more sunscreen every 30-60 minutes.