Originally Posted by plantnerd
Symptoms- pussy discharge, swelling, redness (onset within 24 hours, does not seem like chronic irritation)
If it tends to clear up within 24-48 hours, then those can all be caused by separation. The discharge is probably just smegma. Have you seen any ballooning recently? If you have that strongly suggests that the foreskin has started to separate from the glans.
An accurate infection dx requires a culture being taken. The symptoms you describe can have many causes. In the absence of either a positive culture, or a fever, irritation or separation are more likely than infection.
|diapers- mostly bumgenius and fuzzibunz, some prefolds, some sposies
That is a wide variety. Do you ever see a pattern with this? Do these "infections" occur after a particular brand/type of diapers?
|retractable?- eh, I check every once in awhile to see if it's loosened up, no hard pulling at all
Stop doing this, if they are actually infections, this could be the cause.
There is no need to know when your DS becomes retractable. It is pretty early for it actually. Even though it seems like he he may have started separating early, it is unlikely that the sphincter at the end of the foreskin has started to relax enough to retract. The average age of retraction is 10 yo (there is an extremely wide range of normal) so it is really early to start checking anyway. Your DS will figure out when he become retractable through normal exploration, and there is no need to retract before puberty anyway.
The problem with testing it is, that you can't feel if it is causing little tears or pulling on the natural adhesions. When he pulls on it himself, he can tell what it feels like and is less likely to hurt himself. In my experience, before boy begin to become retractable, they tend to pull the foreskin out and away from their bodies, and not back towards the body.