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I'm worried about Tommie's foreskin. The tip of it has been alternating between light to dark pink off and on for a couple of weeks. I'm worried that when wiping him during messy diaper changes that maybe I moved it too much and hurt him. I'm worried that a month or so ago when the nurse at the ped's office went to clean him for the clean catch urine sample that she hurt him. She started to touch his foreskin and I told her to NOT move it, but I'm worried that the amount she did move it was enough to hurt him. I didn't see any glans, but she did wipe at it more than i do, and moved the foreskin a bit.......was this retraction??? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> Did I let my baby get hurt? I'm so stressed about this. He's too little to have been pulling at it himself (almost 4 months) and the only thing that is different w/ him is that he is teething lately.....What should I do? I read the sticky but I still feel confused.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Update 3/26, Sunday<br><br>
After it staying slightly pink since I posted this, in the past 24 hours it has turned quite red and is swollen looking. I'm terrified to bring him to the ped. I'm wondering if this could be yeast? I'm not sure since I really don't have much experience w/ this but I could possibly have some symptoms of this myself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag"> If anyone who has experience with this could pm me I would really really appreciate it. I don't have anyone IRL knowledgable about this and no one to look at it for me and tell me if its needing a trip to the ped or not. I just am scared for him. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying">
 

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Does Tommie seem to be having any pain? From what you've said it sounds unlikely that you or anyone else has hurt him - but I'm probably the least educated person on this forum with regards to forced retraction!<br><br>
Perhaps he's having a few adhesions break and maybe this is causing the redness. Try a nice soothing bath with some bicarb or oats, and some paw paw ointment if you can find it. Whenever my kids had redness in the nappy area (rash on their bottom etc) pawpaw ointment cleared it up really quickly - it's a healing cream which lets the skin breathe.
 

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He doesn't seem to be in pain, not during diaper changes....he does get upset when I put his diaper on lately, but it doesn't seem to be pain, it seems more like, "aww man, I want to be naked".......<br><br>
I just wish I had some assurance that this was normal, and if its not, I wish I could feel comfortable taking him into the Ped. I mean, I WILL take him if he needs to be seen.....it's just so stressful battling nurses, doctors, and everyone in between over something they SHOULD know more than you about!
 

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Sorry I can't answer your question, but I know that someone here will. Just had to offer you a hug.
 

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thanks.....<br><br>
it sure seems like it's always *something* lately....
 

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I have noticed ds's doing this not sure why but it always gets better. I think it is maybe from more concentrated than normal urine or after a all night diaper. Not sure tho. I would just watch it close.
 

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So sorry that you are in a state to feel so worried.<br><br>
From what you have described I would wager that there has been no damage and that there is nothing wrong with your DS's foreskin.<br><br>
Even though your son cannot yet pull on his foreskin, when he does you may be surprised how elastic that skin is. I do not think that wiping the exterior surface could cause damage to worry about.<br><br>
As far as the pink tip: my son's foreskin can look pinkish on the tip. But there has never been any pain. The only distress he has verbalized to me is when he is having an erection (he is 4 1/2); probably because there isn't enough room for comfort when he is wearing pants. The foreskin is quite sensitive and will show any sign of irritation quite readily (Frank has compared the skin of a foreskin to the skin on our lips). So just a damp diaper can create irritation.. I don't know if you ever owned a cotton swimsuit, but I sure remember how uncomfortable is was to walk in a wet cotton swimwuit, any friction even on my legs was unbearable. Think what it must be like for a boy in a wet diaper.<br><br>
If you are concerned, keep watching. If he is peeing freely and has no pain he is probably fine.
 

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Tip of the foreskin is = cameleont, color changes all the time.... It just means it's doing it's job, getting rid of 'goo' etc.. If there is no pain, peeing goes OK, no worries.<br><br>
From Fatherin magazine;<br><br>
"Sometimes the tip of the foreskin becomes reddened. This indicates the penis is irritated and the foreskin is doing its job of protecting the sensitive glans and urinary meatus (the opening for the passage of urine and semen).<br><br>
Common reasons for a reddened foreskin are:<br><br><br>
Too much exposure to soiled diapers<br>
An inbalance of skin bacteria caused by:<br>
-too many bubble baths<br>
-swimming in highly clorinated water<br>
-soap on the genitals<br>
-laundry soap or detergent on clothing<br>
-antibiotic therapy (microbial flora can be restored by eating yogurt with live culture.)<br>
Concentrated urine because the boy is not drinking enough water.<br>
Drinking water, soaking in warm baths, and letting children run around with bare bottoms to air their genitals helps healing."
 

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thank you guys for taking the time to respond and reassure me. i know you must get a lot of the same questions often so i really appreciate it.......i'll keep vigilantly watching to make sure its not a sign of infection. it really doesn't look angry red, just pink.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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My 7 yr old's often was also pink to red on & off during his babyhood. It always just seemed to me to be a bit of diaper rash & I was glad his foreskin was doing its job of protecting the sensitive glans, which of course never became rashy. I put rash ointment right on the tip a few times.<br><br>
I wouldn't worry about it a bit.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I really think there is nothing to worry about. My dd's labial lips become pink/look slightly irritated all the time - I think it's all just very sensitive skin, the blood supply is very close to the surface, so it shows color changes easily.<br><br>
I know you have an older dd - do you remember seeing something similar in her? I think just being in wet diapers, no matter how quickly they get changed, can cause some transient irritation that's totally normal.
 

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Sounds like my DS's penis. If this whole circumcision BS weren't such a big deal in the US, you probably wouldn't even sweat it, or notice his foreskin or anything.<br><br>
And like I always say, when in doubt put some breastmilk on it. Breastmilk has many uses, I think a study just came out that said that breastmilk cures cancer.<br><br>
Don't quote me on that though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> .
 

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Just another vote for normal Momma! My younger ds always sems to run on the pinker side of the normal scale for foreskin colouration. Here is some great info from Dr. Fleiss:<br><br><b>-<i>Your son's foreskin is red, inflamed, itching, and uncomfortable. It has an infection and needs to be cut off</i>.</b><br><br><i>Sometimes the tip of the foreskin does become reddened. During the diaper-wearing years, this is usually ammoniacal dermatitis, commonly known as diaper rash. When normal skin bacteria and feces react with urine, they produce ammonia, which burns the skin and causes inflammation and discomfort. If the foreskin were amputated, the inflammation would be on the glans itself and could enter the urethra. When the foreskin becomes reddened, it is doing its job of protecting the glans and urinary meatus.</i><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/articles/new_baby/circumcision/protect-uncircson.html" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/articles/ne...uncircson.html</a><br><br><br>
As long as there is no pain,swelling, puss or fever, I wouldn't worry too much.<br><br>
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My ds's foreskin is always a little pinker at the tip. It's always been like that, just a normal color variation. I wouldn't worry unless you notice the area is an angry red, hot to the touch, or you're seeing an unusual discharge. If he's peeing fine and doesn't seem to be in pain, he's probably fine.<br><br>
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I agree with the PPs. The foreskin is highly vascularized much like the lips and like the lips, is more sensitive. Just like the lips will become chapped long before the rest of the face, the foreskin will show irritation from amonia or feces more quickly than the rest of the genital area.<br><br>
There is also a possibility that this is just his normal colorization. It is quite common for light complected boys to have a pink foreskin tip.<br><br>
Just watch for other symptoms that would indicate a problem such as open sores, swelliing, excessive redness, weeping or tenderness and if they appear, take him in for a culture.<br><br><br><br>
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After reading your update in your OP, take courage that you are doing a good job taking care of your son.<br><br>
Was your son recently on antibiotics? I don't know what the history of your story is.<br><br>
Antibiotics most always create a yeast imbalance.<br><br>
If you need to take him into the doctor:<br>
1)read the Hannah's post who recently went to the urologist with her DS and literally kept her hand over her son's penis so that he would not retract him for some courage to know that you can do the right thing. <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=428083&highlight=urologist" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...ight=urologist</a><br>
2)If he indeed presents as having an infection, insist on a culture to identify the infection.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
I know how worrisome our children's health can be (my DS just fractured his thighbone last weekend). But rest yourself and know that you will do the right thing.
 

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Does he seem like he's in any pain or discomfort?<br><br>
If it is yeast, then both of you should be treated. Since you're nursing, it's easy enough to pass it back and forth. Does he have any diaper rash or any white patches in his mouth? Do you feel it in your breasts at all - itching or sharp, stabbing pains?<br><br>
Also, do you cloth diaper? It could be irritation from detergent residue. Detergents with enzymes are notorious for being really irritating. If you use sposies, he could be sensitive to them - many babies are, esp. the brands that have perfumes.
 
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