You can help your son by being aware of the development of his body and talking to him about it.
Sept. 16, 2015
- Check the position of the testicles regularly during diaper changing or at bath time. Keep a record of any changes.
- Give your son the vocabulary to talk about the scrotum and testicles. Explain that there are usually two testicles in the scrotum.
- When he's about to reach puberty — usually around sixth grade — and you're talking about what physical changes to expect, explain how he can check his testicles.
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- Granberg CF (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Sept. 2, 2015.