In the last few months of a pregnancy, a baby goes through all kinds of changes. The eyes open wide, the bones fully form, and weight gain ramps up. For boys, it’s also when the testicles move from the lower belly to the scrotum, that pouch of skin below the penis.
But sometimes, one or both testicles don’t fall into place. That’s called an undescended testicle. It can happen to any baby boy, but it’s more common for those born earlier than expected. More often than not, the testicle drops into the scrotum on its own by the time the baby is 6 months old. If it doesn’t, the child will likely need surgery.
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