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#91 of 104 Old 06-19-2006, 12:22 AM
 
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My 31 month old DS has not ever had any sort of infection of the urinary system, not penis, foreskin, bladder or kidney.

My brother, who is now 43 had infection after infection as a baby and toddler. Of course he also had a mother who listened when the doc told her to forcibly retract and clean at every diaper change :Puke
Even he managed to keep his foreskin once he was no longer sexually abused several times a day...

ETA: my DS was bottle fed formula and a probiotic with a small amount of my breastmilk the first 5 weeks and a small amount of donor breastmilk from 4 mo-16 mo.
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That is, um, normal. Americans are freakish with their once or twice daily soap and water shower shampoo obsession.
Once or twice daily? Whew, I know I'm not typical. I shower every other day, sometimes I even skip two days. Shhh! Don't tell anyone. Don't worry, I have plenty of deoderant.

Ds, 21 months, has never had a UTI. When he takes a bath he sits and splashes in the water, I try to wash his hair and the visibly dirty spots. As for his penis, I only touch that if I'm wiping poop off the shaft.

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My son is 5 and has never had one.
My brother and my dad, both intact (I'm from Italy) have never mentioned anything like that. In fact, I've never heard of any guy/boy or their mom in Italy mentioning a UTI.

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Haven't read the replies yet, none of my boys have had any UTI's.
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I was just talking to a friend of mine who said that her friend had to have her 7 and 8 yo sons circ'd because they kept getting UTI's and kidney infections. Is this common? She said it because of poor hygiene. She also said her mom is a family practitioner, and that circumcision is a good idea in this country because so many parents practice such poor hygiene that she sees 2 and 3 yo boys with their foreskins swollen shut. Huh? I'd be especially interested to hear from mamas who might have some ideas about how this progresses through adolescence and adulthood.
Oh, and I'd be willing to bet that the "poor hygene" in this country consists of screwing around with our boy's foreskins too much. I don't think that we are educated to leave them alone and what we are calling poor hygene is really too much hygene, so to speak. We aren't educated to leave it alone. By retracting to clean we are causing more problems. Duh.
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My 3.5 and 2.5 year old intact sons have never had any UTIs. Neither have any of the other intact males that I know including my three brothers and pretty much all of my friends' children.
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No UTIs for our 13 month old son .
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My 6yo has never had any.

And the foreskin isn't connected to the kidneys duh. Bad doctors.

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But about the circumcision, it is true that it paves way to a much more hygienic condition. And there are loads of people who do it, to ensure proper hygiene.
Cut off your skin so you don't have to clean it (?!?!?!?!?!?)

"Proper?" You are right that there are loads of people who do it thinking this and unfortunately they are wrong. Foreskins are not hygiene problems. They simply aren't.

Shave your head or something if you want to do fewer bath chores--it'll work better and it won't cause permanent damage.

Foreskins are so easy to care for I just do not get what people are so AFRAID of!

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My ds is 5 yo and no UTIs.

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I am just convinced that forced retraction is the key to these supposed UTI's! Look at this thread. It's a small sample, yeah, but it's made up of parents who know not to retract their baby boys. I need to go back and count, but I know there have been VERY few 'yes' replies

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DS had one at age 4 months, but his ped said it was not related to being intact. He will be 6 soon and has never had any other problems.
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I have two intact boys, ages 6 and 4, never forcibly retracted. No UTIs.

My dh is intact. He was born in Europe and then moved here (Canada), so I assume there's a good chance he wasn't forcibly retracted either. No UTIs that he remembers.

My bro is intact; I don't recall him having any medical issues either. He is 7 years younger than I am, and I don't remember him going to the hosp or being on medication for anything unexplained.

Now, my mom, who is female and not circumcised, gets them frequently. I think so, anyway. I remember her talking somewhat about it when I was a teen, and drinking a lot of cranberry juice and taking some kind of supplements to try and help.

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