Join Date: Aug 2003
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My DS (fully intact) has had 4 UTI's in his 18 months. We are currently treating the latest one with antibiotics and probiotics. Our doc (a new one to us) is, of course, recommending circumcision. Changing doc's is not an option. I would, however, like any information anyone can give me on research and why having DS circumcised will not keep UTI's from reoccurring. Our Doc says that research does not support across the board circumcisions for all males but it does suggest that uncircumcised males with recurring UTI's get UTI's less often once circumcised.
I am struggling with watching DS being catheterized repeatedly everytime he comes down with a fever (with a very tight foreskin which makes finding his urethra problematic, so it seems) and the consequences of having him circumcised. I don't know which is worse in the long run. Also, if this makes a difference to anyone, DS has Down Syndrome which causes lots of things, including his urethra, to be smaller. The Down Syndrome also makes his immune system less resistant to infection.
I was told by a fellow MDC'er that there are a lot of knowledgeable, helpful and kind people on this board that could probably help us in our quest for knowledge on how best to meet this challenge. Thanks in advance. ~ Brook Markley