Originally Posted by mightymama1976
Soooo, my son who, a couple of months ago was not anywhere near to being retractable (he tried to pull his foreskin back in a bath tab and it was not even close to being retractable) showed me "the trick" today while taking a bath! His foreskin was completely separated now and he was able to completely expose the glans pain free. Woohoo! So much for doctors' ignorance that it needs to retract by 2 or 5!
But now what? I know that he does not need to do any special care at this point and that no soap needed. I told him to not retract it in soapy water, but only before soaping when the water is still soap free. I told him to always replace his foreskin when he is done playing with it. But my question is whether he needs to retract and dry it after the bath/shower. I mean, girls/women do need to dry their private area rather well from the outside to not create yeast-friendly environment down there, but what about boys? I would guess that unlike natural body secretion, trapping water in there can cause yeast. What are your thoughts on this?
I don't agree w/ this. The area is naturally moist & unless one were to dry thoroughly after every liquid elimination, why would we need to after a shower? I don't believe in soap for the privates - it messes w/ the flora that are supposed to be there as well as can alter pH which in turn alters flora. I don't dry there much more than a pat & I was recently tested for yeast & had none that was on the test (there was something like 9 species tested for). I'm an anecdote but again, this just doesn't seem logical.
Originally Posted by jsave
After a bath it be good if pull his foreskin back and let it dry. he can jest let some air hit it Or he can use a soft towel no need to dry it hard or to rub it that may case problems don,t get me wrong a bit of water not going heart him but it feel batter dry and it can help with any soap and stuff that gets under it . hope this help
Again, unless it is "good" to pull back & dry the glans after every urination, why would using water on the glans need drying?
Not trying to pick on people, these statements just aren't logical & I'm wondering why they're being made.
OP - good for you for asking questions!