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Please help!!<br><br>
I have a child in the infant room with an infected Penis. He is uncircumsized. He is six months old.<br><br>
None of these parents can afford silly procedures like a circ. So, most of the boys are uncut.<br><br>
But, this little guy has an infection. It does look pretty bad. The clinic says he must be circumsized ASAP. The parents cannot take days off for this, nor can they afford this. So, they are going to "wait and see".<br><br>
This child NEEDS something soon. They cannot "wait and see". Yet, they can't afford what the clinic claims is necessary.<br><br>
The free medical bus will be at the school next Tuesday. But, I don't think he can wait that long.<br><br>
His symptoms are a lot of redness and swelling and a small amount of green discharge. He is also in a lot of pain. We use cloth diapers, so I think this is hurting more than disposables might.<br><br>
We could go and get him some disposables. The teachers are also willing to pay for his presctiptions to see if that clears it up. I have NO idea why the clinic sent him home without an antibiotic. But, they did.<br><br>
Is a circumsision really the ONLY way to clear up an infection? Any ideas for us to try until they decide?
 

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Sounds like they need to take a culture - should just swab the tip of his foreskin and test to see if it is bacterial and whay type of antibiotic to prescribe.<br><br>
My son has only had a yeast infection - just a white, runny discharge, lots of swelling and pain. We were able to treat it with an over the counter cream.<br><br>
I know there will be others here who will give you great advice but I can answer your biggest question - no, he doesn't need to be circ'd. Tell them to ask the clinic how they would treat a little girl presenting with the same symptoms.
 

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If a little girl had the same symptoms, would anyone suggest cutting off the skin of her vulva, her inner & outer labia, clitoral hood, etc? Circumcision is not a reasonable treatment for gential infections of either gender. They just need to culture it, figure out whether it's bacterial or fungal, and treat it appropriately. Frequently, irritations even clear up on their own within a few days.<br><br>
I would discourage anyone from trying to treat the irritation with an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment, like neosporin---because those aren't designed for mucousal areas. Also, nobody should be trying to retract his foreskin. Diaper-free time and soaking in a warm bath may help.<br><br>
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I agree Circumcision should be the ABSOLUTE LAST thing they do to that poor child.<br><br>
I am a Pedi RN. This is what should be done:<br><br>
He needs to have a culture taken from the tip of the Penis. This culture needs to be sent off for a Culture and Sensitivity. Then he needs to be put on the appropriate antibiotic therapy.<br><br>
A circumcision in the presence of infection is a recipe for disaster. Why take an area that is already inflamed and infected and open and expose more vulnerable tissue to bacteria?<br><br>
The boy needs to be on some sort of antibiotic therapy or the appropriate anti-fungal treatment. Let me restate the fact that circumcision is not the answer.
 

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Do you pluck out a kid's eyes when they get pinkeye? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> For heaven's sake, this culture is weird.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I agree Circumcision should be the ABSOLUTE LAST thing they do to that poor child.<br><br>
I am a Pedi RN. This is what should be done:<br><br>
He needs to have a culture taken from the tip of the Penis. This culture needs to be sent off for a Culture and Sensitivity. Then he needs to be put on the appropriate antibiotic therapy.<br><br>
A circumcision in the presence of infection is a recipe for disaster. Why take an area that is already inflamed and infected and open and expose more vulnerable tissue to bacteria?<br><br>
The boy needs to be on some sort of antibiotic therapy or the appropriate anti-fungal treatment. Let me restate the fact that circumcision is not the answer.</div>
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SO, if we are giving him a few baths, maybe he CAN wait until Tuesday when the Medical bus gets here?<br><br><br><br>
Thankyou all. I am going to copy these responses, and give them to the parents. (need to be translated into Spanish) That makes me feel much better.
 

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I think he will be fine.<br><br>
I would recommend some air time for him without a diaper. Keeping it enclosed in a dark warm moist diaper is probably not the best idea right now.
 

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I don't know if these pamphlets will have the exact information you're looking for, but maybe they'll be helpful:<br><br><a href="http://www.nocirc.org/publish/3-Infant-Circ-Spanish.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.nocirc.org/publish/3-Infant-Circ-Spanish.pdf</a><br><br><a href="http://www.nocirc.org/publish/4-Intact-Penis-spanish.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.nocirc.org/publish/4-Inta...is-spanish.pdf</a><br><br>
One important question -- is anyone retracting this baby's foreskin to "clean" the penis? If this is happening, it needs to stop immediately, because retracting the penis can actually destroy the proper microflora balance and introduce pathogens that lead to infection.<br><br>
I would let him have soaks in the bathtub, perhaps with baking soda, but certainly just plain water and no soap that could be irritating. Also, any nakey time he can have would be beneficial. If his mom is still nursing him, breastmilk has powerful antibodies in it and would be very soothing and healing.
 

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A little update.<br><br>
The director has all these responses, and is going to speak to the parents, and request they do nothing different until Tuesday. If by Tomorrow, it is worse, SHE (director) will take him downtown to the county hospital clinic, and get some tests done.<br><br>
I am glad that you all think this is absurd too. The parents are very poor, uneducated, and speak very little English, so they tend to get afraid when these things happen. I know Mom will probably be fretting all day. These parents are all wonderful parents, but they don't have much. Most of them don't even have a car. They do what they can for their families. But their resources are very small.
 

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Hooray for you going the extra mile.. I used to take care of kids in that financial /home situation as well, and I used to have to do alot of things like that...buying diapers, food, giving baths, etc.<br><br>
Keep up the good work, and I am so glad you guys know circ isnt the answer.
 
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