I can't control the chlorine level in the public pool, and I (sigh) can't keep him dry at night until he's ready. I can't put anything on it that would sting. All I could come up with last year was to have him put vegetable oil on at night, figuring that would relieve the dryness, prevent the cracking, shield him from the urine and maybe provide a few nutrients to help heal.
It helped somewhat, but the problem persisted through swimming pool season to some degree. Does anyone have any ideas for us to try this summer?
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You may want to rule out any medical condition. Otherwise, try the following:
1. rinse with water after the pool. If the foreskin retracts, make sure he rinses under it. Also apply a little bit of diaper ointment .
2. Also, it may not be a problem only for your boy. After all, intact boys all over the world go swimming without problems with clorine. The foreskin should actually protect the penis. Anyhow, make sure the clorine level is not too high.
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I recall a Calendula diaper ointment from when mine were little, I'll see if I can find that. We don't use Vaseline, but maybe one of the natural alternatives like Un-petrolium jelly for before the pool.
Yes, ds does shower and take the suit off right away. I'll suggest cleaning under the forskin, although it still doesn't retract easily 100% of the time so he avoids it and I understand he's not to retract it if he can't comfortably (right?)