I went ahead and am doing antibiotics because I don't want to risk kidney damage or something awful. I'm giving him probiotics also.
Now I am freaking out that maybe he has a serious problem anatomically or something. I've never heard of a baby boy with a UTI! And all of our friends already thought we were weird for leaving him intact and now I'm afraid they'll think they were right. :/
Anyone have experience with a UTI in a baby boy where it turned out to just be a random thing and not something serious?
Thanks from an overly anxious FTM
The only thing I can think of is dehydration and lots of sugar can lead to UTIs. A friend's daughter got them after eating cake at birthday parties. Bacteria has longer to travel in boys than girls but that does not make boys immune to UTIs.
As for the circ thing - well, I don't think he's going to regret not being circed just because he had a UTI as a baby when he was too young to even remember it, but he certainly might regret it if he had been circed and grew up to find he was forever without a body part that he might then decide he wanted. So, still sounds to me like you made the right call on that one (and, no, your friends do not get a vote on your son's foreskin).
Glad the doctor managed to identify the problem, & hope your son is better soon.
ETA: Not that I am telling everyone I meet... some friends knew he was sick and they asked if I figured out what was wrong, so I didn't lie
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I know it's hard not to, but try not to worry about what others are thinking about his intactness. It's possible that even if he had been cut, he would have gotten an infection.
You asked why this happens. I've been reading about what makes us healthy for about 10 years now, spurred by my oldest's dairy allergy that I discovered when she was 18 months old. She had the allergy her whole life, but I didn't recognize it as such until then. There is a lot of buzz these days about our microbiota. I'm convinced that much of what we see in intact care "issues," (redness, inflammation, infection, etc.) when retraction isn't to blame, particularly repeated retraction, it's due to lack of normal, healthy flora. We're supposed to be covered both inside & out w/ bacteria & other organisms & when we don't have the right stuff, problems crop up.
You didn't say how he's fed. That effects things. How he was born. That too. What you were fed as a baby, how you were born, what you've eaten through your life, etc. It all matters. This is not to say that there's no hope, it's just that each thing has an impact.
If you are able, you might want to seek out an alternative care provider who can help you to make sure his microbiota is healthy. IF you're nursing and/or expect more children, you might want to see about it for yourself as well.
Best wishes & what a lucky boy you have! Congrats on him & leaving him w/ his whole body!
Anyway, if your son seems much better from the ABX, I wouldn't sweat it -- these things DO sometimes happen! Thank goodness for antibiotics.
And you made the right choice to leave him intact!!
Hope you are BOTH feeling better.
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