Gonorrhea in the male child is considered rare, or very rare, by most authorities, and not a great many cases have been reported in boys at or before puberty. Squires reports five cases of gonorrhea in male children ranging in age from 5 years to 12 years. Bierbach reports two cases in young boys whose respective ages were 3 and 6 years. Wolbarst, within two years, saw twenty-two cases of gonorrheal infection in boys ranging from 18 months to 12 years of age. Textbooks make little or no mention of gonorrhea in male children, although its comparative frequency is recognized in female children. Unquestionably the condition is much rarer in young boys than in young girls.
Most authorities who report cases emphasize the fact that gonorrheal infection in children is accompanied much less often by complications than is the infection in adults. This is presumably due to the fact that