Hello all. As the title says - I've got an itchy little kid. He absent-mindedly fiddles with his penis almost all the time but other times appears to be pulling at it like it is itching. My husband and I ask him in the evening after his bath if he is itching and he always says no.
Little back history - kiddo has sensitive skin and is prone to eczema. Allergic to cats and dogs and we have to regularly treat his skin in the hot summer months and dry cold months so we are always checking for itchy spots.
We never put anything on his penis. There is no redness, discharge...nothing. Looks perfectly normal. We are of the mind set that he just messes with it or perhaps it is a tad itchy but nothing looks amiss.
My MIL and FIL however...think he needs to be circumcised. They had a couple of comments when they realized we weren't going to cirq but have pretty much left it at that until recently. My FIL said something about possible phimosis and balantis. He is a CRNA so I respect his medical perspective however he is not a urologist, pediatrician and is circumcised so when it comes to my son's penis, I tend to pretend like I didn't hear anything.
Last night, my MIL notices our son scratching and says "I hate to tell you this but J(FIL) says he will need to be circumcised by the time he's 5"! I'm like.......whut?!! Just because he is scratching? I told her it was normal, his penis was healthy, all was well, etc. Her reply was "well he can't go around his whole life scratching?"...um yeah. Isn't that what most men do?
Anyway, my 3 year old doesn't do this but he has learned to fully retract his foreskin and that horrifies my MIL as well. Told her that was normal and as long as he was the one to retract it not to worry.
So after all this - is the scratching normal?