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you should know that you NEVER, NEVER, NEVER retract a foreskin - EVER. It is adhered to the penis, and will retract on its own, in time. It gets cleansed by wiping from base to tip, but NEVER by wiping towards the body. I cannot stress enough that it should NEVER be retracted, gently or otherwise. If you can imagine your fingernail being ripped from your finger and being cleansed beneath, this is exactly what you'd be doing to an intact baby's genitals.
Apparently, they are stating the AAP recommend "gentle" retraction of infant's foreskins and are not removing the damaging info. Saw this on Facebook today.
|"If your son's foreskin is fully retracted before puberty, an occasional retraction with cleansing beneath will do. ** Once your son starts puberty, he should retract the foreskin and clean beneath it on a daily basis. It should become a part of your son's total body hygiene, just like shampooing his hair and brushing his teeth. Teach your son to clean his foreskin by:
* gently pulling it back away from the glans
* rinsing the glans and inside fold of the foreskin with [mild] soap and warm water
* pulling the foreskin back over the head of the penis.
Mom & RN
Pardon the typos - CWOK (cat walking on keyboard)
|"Bed-sharing is associated with an increase in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)."|