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Well....I think he did, but just thought I would see what more educated mamas thought! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
First~we are moving so we technically won't be going back to see him either way. But I've loved him so far. I get no grief or lectures about any of my other AP ways. In fact the practice really respects my wishes and thinks that everything that I do is great!<br><br>
A woman Dr saw our son when he was first born...she was really great, but I made 2nd appointment with one of the male Dr's (who usually see's my DD).<br><br>
Anyway, the female never even TOUCHED his penis (he's intact! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> ) and I know from my research that this is good!<br>
However yesterday the male Dr looked at his testicles and started to reach for his penis. I asked him not to so he stopped. But he then went on to tell me that I shouldn't retract his penis, but I needed to "push" back just enough to see his hole. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br>
I'm supposed to do this because it will let him open enough so that he won't have a small opening....<br><br>
Now~is that crap or what?!<br>
Tell me mamas!<br>
And link me up with some information to print off so I can take to my new Dr on the other end. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Um, yeah....it's crap.<br><br>
Imagine....for millenia, men's penises have been opening up just fine with no doctor to tell them to "push back."<br><br>
And "pushing back" is just another word for retracting.<br><br>
Check out the last few paragraphs at <a href="http://www.cirp.org/library/normal/aap/" target="_blank">this page</a>.<br><br>
And then there's <a href="http://www.circumstitions.com/AAP-care.html" target="_blank">does my son's foreskin need special cleaning?</a>.
 

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Our ped urologist who is Cuban even told me that...wont be back to see him again....the hole is their the pee comes out right? Then we know the hole is working just fine..we dont need to see it for it to be working...so glad you are informed of this...can you imagine all those who are not?
 

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This would be the equivalent of opening your daughter's vagina to make sure it will be big enough to have sex with later. Totally ridiculous, not to mention damaging!
 

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The guy is absolutely wrong. I don't know where they come up with these things! It is normal for the foreskin opening of a young child to be very small. As long as your son can pass urine without difficulty, eveything is normal. The foreskin will open on its own in time, without any outside "help." And pushing back the foreskin forcibly can damage the tissue or introduce infection.<br><br>
You could print him out this info on phimosis:<br><a href="http://www.cirp.org/library/treatment/phimosis/" target="_blank">http://www.cirp.org/library/treatment/phimosis/</a><br><br>
Additionally, this article can explain to him the proper way to check for phimosis that does not involve pushing back on the foreskin opening.<br><a href="http://www.cirp.org/library/normal/catzel/" target="_blank">http://www.cirp.org/library/normal/catzel/</a><br><br>
He probably also needs to be educated about the harms of forcible retraction:<br><a href="http://www.nocirc.org/publish/6pam.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.nocirc.org/publish/6pam.pdf</a><br><br>
Even if you're not going to see him again, it's worth it to send him a letter of feedback with some of the above references, so that he doesn't keep giving bad advice to other parents of intact children, and putting those boys at risk for harm or unnecessary recommendations for later circumcision. Each one of us that knows the truth, needs to be a voice for intactness, wherever we find the need.<br><br>
Gillian
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/broc1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Broccoli">:<br><br>
Thanks so much mamas!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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