My son is 15 months and intact. At his 12 month well baby visit, the doctor tried to pull back his foreskin a little to see if it was retractable. (This is a new doctor. We moved recently. The old one never tried to do anything to his penis other than check for descended testicles.) He said that it should be retractable by now, and if it's not by 15 months (or 2 years, can't remember which), he would recommend a urologist for steroid cream. Now, I know this is completely incorrect on two fronts. First, he's not supposed to be touching my son's foreskin. Second, I know it can take until puberty to be retractable. I should have said something, but I suffered from the doctor intimidation factor. I'm determined to speak up at this appointment.
However, I don't just want it to be my word against his. I would like to have information to back this up if he protests. Do any of you know of links to studies or the AAP stating 1. not to retract and 2. that retraction doesn't have to happen until they are older? I know that's a widely held misconception. Even Dr. Sears says in his book that boys should be retractable by 2.
Please know that if this appointment doesn't work out, we will be switching doctors. I just wanted to give him another chance and not have to go through the hassle if we don't have to.