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My son is 8 and his foreskin did retract at about age 5. I did not check on that retractability and now I find that it doesn't retract at all. It bothers him to urinate (a feeling of tightness and is unable to let out a full stream), but there is no infection. It seems to be attached right at the meatus. Before I have anyone look at him, is this at all normal? Anyone have experience with this?<br><br>
On the one hand I feel terribly guilty that I didn't know he wasn't able to retract it in the past (who knows how many) months...but all the info I had ever read said to leave it alone...vs wondering if this is just a normal hiccup on the road to maturity and it will resolve itself naturally. I thought that with erections and bathing, the foreskin would be fine. Never had a clue anything could go wrong like this!!<br><br>
Glad to have found this site! Thanks to anyone who can advise me before we go to a mid-wife or urologist.
 

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I'm so sorry, I wish I could say something to help you. I'm not worried because my friend has a ds who is right now doing the same thing, wait could that be you? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
She isn't at all worried about it. Not one bit. It was once retractable at age 5 and now its not. He is 7. She said the body will react that way sometimes. It could be that he had an infection and is closing down to protect it. Its not painful and boys stop going back and forth, retractable/not retractable, until they've reached puberty. By then their body has the necessary hormones to facilitate a retractable fully mobile foreskin that won't reverse. Does that make sense? I'm certain one of the CAC moms or DAD's - Papi would know. (sorry Papi didn't want to put you on the spot here but I'm wondering too now that I'm thinking about it and you've been intact all your life) oops. Don't hate me for that.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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Is it just that you're worried or is you DS uncomfortable?<br><br>
If it just worries you it is noramal to go from being retractable to being nonretractable. If it just feels a little strange it should be left alone, as with any body part it is growing and changing and will go through new and different phases. Ballooning, spraying and such are all harmless and normal things that some intact boys go through. Drs sometimes don't have enough experience with intact boys to understand that all these things are perfectly normal and want to treat them.<br><br>
If your child is really uncomfortable then it can be treated with a steriod cream. Drs are often very quick to prescribe this, but IMO it should only be used if he is expressing true discomfort.<br><br>
Here is a great article you should read before you see any Drs.<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>
 

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This happens from time to time and is no cause for concern unless your ds is having trouble urinating. Odds are like quoted below something has irritated him and once you figure out what that is and get it treated properly then he will once again become retractable.<br><br>
Please read this: <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=764732" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=764732</a><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><b>Foreskin was retracting now it is not?</b> (Taken from the Mothering Magazine Article by Dr. Paul Fliess) <a href="http://www.mothering.com/articles/ne...uncircson.html" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/articles/ne...uncircson.html</a><br>
Sometimes a previously retractable foreskin will become resistant to retraction for reasons that are unrelated to impending puberty. In these cases, the opening of the foreskin may look chapped and sting when your son urinates. This is not an indication for surgery any more than chapped lips. This is just the foreskin doing its job. If the foreskin were not there, the glans and urinary opening would be chapped instead. Chapping is most often caused by overly chlorinated swimming pools, harsh soap, bubble baths, or a diet that is too high in sugar, all of which destroy the natural balance of skin bacteria and should be avoided if chapping occurs. The foreskin becomes resistant to retraction until a natural and healthy bacterial balance is reestablished.<br><br>
You can aid healing by having your son apply a little barrier cream or some ointment to the opening of the foreskin. Acidophilus culture (which can be purchased from a health food store) can be taken internally and also applied to the foreskin several times a day to assist healing, and should be given any time a child is taking antibiotics.</td>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">On the one hand I feel terribly guilty that I didn't know he wasn't able to retract it in the past (who knows how many) months...but all the info I had ever read said to leave it alone</td>
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You did the right thing there is no reason to check for retractability and plenty of reasons to not touch it since that can cause issues.<br><br>
There are some questions you can ask him like if at any time when he retracted it did it hurt badly or bleed. That would cause it to heal back and possibly not retract as well. Ask him about the dry skin mentioned above. Give him some diaper rash cream to apply or soemthing that is soothing like vitamin E. Make sure he isnt itching cause that would point to yeast and for that you can use OTC yeast medication like monistate 7 day. dont do the 3 day ones they dont work.
 

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Thanks for your reassurance!<br><br>
Since there is no irritation, itching, infection....only that urinating takes a bit more time and attention, I've told him everything's going to be fine.<br><br>
As I tried to figure out what was going on, he became upset because I did not know how to explain what he was feeling.<br><br>
Two mid-wives I spoke to did not indicate that this situation was at all normal and commonplace, so he may have been even more stressed at having to visit one of them.<br><br>
I'm not worrying anymore!
 
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