I thought that everything was fine. He has normal wet diapers. I hope I am making the right decision for my son. How can I be sure?
Thanks for any help you can give.
I did a goodle on phismosis and found a message board with some answers. One man says this is normal and that the skin will stretch when retracted. From here(it's the 3rd or 4th reply:
From the replies it seems as if this condition is quite common and not a need to do invasive procedures.
Or try these links:
I will bet dollars to doughnuts your son doesn't have phimosis but a perfectly normal intact penis! Their foreskins don't retract at this age and a doctor cannot possibly diagnose phimosis until much later in life.
Come to the board on The Case Against Circumcision (under Health) and run a search on phimosis. Also see this article by Dr. Paul Fleiss and pick up a copy of his book What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Circumcision. Another good resource is the pamphlets at http://www.nocirc.org.
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Good for you for standing your ground mamma bear!
|Originally posted by bev
I thought that everything was fine. BEV
What your doctor does not know is that this is normal and should be left alone. Please print out the following site an hand it to your ped and tell her to read it.
*best AAP site: http://www.cirp.org/library/normal/aap/
In the book from Dr. Fleiss "What your doctor may not tell you about circumcision" it states:
"The fact of the matter is that 'tightness' of the foreskin is a safety mechanism that protects the glans and urethra from direct exposure to contaminants and germs. The 'tighter' foreskin also
keeps the boy's glans warm, clean, and moist. As long as you son can urinate, he is perfectly normal. There is no age by which a child's foreskin must be retractable.
Be on your guard. Never let a doctor or anyone try to retract your child's foreskin. Optimal hygiene of the penis demands that the foreskin of infants and children be left alone. Premature
retraction may tear the skin pf the penis open, causing your child extreme pain. There is no legitimate medical justification for retraction. The childs' discomfort is proof of that."
And now I want to tell you that my grandson's foreskin was so tight, I could not figure out how he could urinate. Thank heavens we left it alone. By the time he was about a year he stated to pull
and twist it around and it apparently stated to loosen but did not retract until he was 5. We NEVER touched it! And he never had any problems with it.
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