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Hi all. I am looking for some advice on a good dr to see in STL. At my (uncircumsised) son's 9 month appointment, our (mainstream) pediatrician tugged on my son's penis (until I stopped her) and pronounced he had phimosis. She gave me a recommendation for a urolgist. Because I knew we were switching drs soon, I did not call. At our appointment with the new drs (a more naturally minded practice), the FNP we saw was concerned, and the Dr agreed, that my son (now 13 mos) probably had phimosis.<br><br>
I asked the new dr about my options, and long story short, he recommended trying the steriod cream option (as opposed to circumcision). My son has had no medical issues with his "phimosis" (no UTIs, etc.). I would like to get a third opinion before I try the steriod cream/go see a urologist.<br><br>
Do you know of a good non-circ friendly dr in the St. Louis area? Thanks!!
 

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Hi! You may want to pop onto the case against circumcision board for advice. I believe they have a list of foreskin friendly docs as well.<br><br>
You have nothing to worry about. The average age of retraction is 10 YEARS. You cannot diagnose phimosis in a baby because it's *supposed* to be non-retractable. It's normal and healthy. His foreskin is keeping the poop and stuff away from his penis.
 

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Good thought. Thanks! There is so much conflicting info out there, and I am having trouble figuring out what is right. The new office I went to seems to be really great, but I feel like I just need one more opinion before making a final decision.<br><br>
ETA - I just checked . . . none listed in Missouri. If anyone has any recommendations that they would rather not put out there to everyone, please feel free to PM me. I would really, really appreciate some advice!
 

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Hmmm, can't give you the names of any other docs--but if it were me, I would be very very skeptical of this information you are receiving. Even a natural minded pediatrician or fam. doc does not see many foreskins--and is unlikely to have the kind of experience and eye for distinguishing 'normal' from 'problems' when it comes to the uncirced penis.<br><br>
Since your son is not having any problems presently, I would keep looking. And I say, expand your search--talk to every mom you know who has an uncirced son, ask about her/her son's experience--ask here on MDC on the no-circ board (mmm, right?), introduce the topic on other natural parenting boards. I'm thinking you'll be able to get a much bigger picture of normal this way.<br><br>
Meantime, if your son's ok then you can also keep looking for docs who might know something valid on this subject. Good luck!
 

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My 11 month old son is not circumsised. We have not had any issues with his Ped. about this. She's in the Crestwood/Kirkwood area. Is that too far for you to drive?
 

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Have you tried contacting Doctors Opposing Circumcision and NOCIRC? Both keep lists of intact friendly doctors. I'd contact both, as they may have different resources on each. Also, both are highly knowledgeable about this sort of thing and can probably give you advice- NOCIRC is run by a nurse, DOC is run by doctors.<br><br>
Here are the links-<br><a href="http://www.doctorsopposingcircumcision.org/" target="_blank">http://www.doctorsopposingcircumcision.org/</a><br><a href="http://nocirc.org/" target="_blank">http://nocirc.org/</a><br><br>
I would also recommend posting in the Case against circumcision forum. Your son's penis sounds entirely normal. I would imagine there may be some mommas of intact boys near you who just don't check the tribes area. And if not, they'll probably be able to direct you to resources that will ease your mind about your son.
 

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There are two types of phimosis the first one is normal in childhood and stays that way until the boy's foreskin is ready to retract which usually happens around puberty. The second type, true phimosis is something that happens after puberty and usually caused from trauma of some sort, yeast infection or forced retraction during childhood leading to scare tissue.<br><br>
What your ds has is the first one and that is 100% normal at his age.<br><br>
Steroid cream is for adults only using it now may cause him to retract but when the cream is stopped he will go back to the way he should be, none retractable.<br><br>
Please stop anyone else from touching your ds's penis all they are going to do is cause problems and make you worry for no good reason.<br><br>
Some links for you<br><a href="http://www.cirp.org/library/normal/" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:small;">http://www.cirp.org/library/normal/</span></a><br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=1176109" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1176109</a><br><br><a href="http://www.mothersagainstcirc.org/fleiss.html" target="_blank">http://www.mothersagainstcirc.org/fleiss.html</a><br><br><a href="http://mensightmagazine.com/Articles/Fleiss,%20M.%20Paul/tellaboutcirc.htm" target="_blank">http://mensightmagazine.com/Articles...laboutcirc.htm</a><br><br>
Please do x post this over in the CAC we can give you tons more links about this issue and you will see many posts like yours there where the Dr. said phimosis when in fact it was just ignorance of the way the foreskin works.
 

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McatL--<br><br>
thanks so much for this great info <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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