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Last night we had to take River to the ER at children's hospital after seeing our ped cause he's had a fever with lethargy being his only other symptom for 6 days (7 days now...). The nurse who came in to assist our nurse with his catheter asked if I was regularly retracting his foreskin in the bath every day so it doesn't become too tight. Obviously I looked at her like she has 2 heads...then later she actually tried to forceably retract him and then tell me I needed to work on it more, every single night, cause if he isn't fully retractable by 18 months he would have to be circumcised... I then asked "are you aware the AAP does not agree with retraction?" and she actually said "yes, but they only say that cause so many parents were doing it wrong" then she asked if our ped knew we aren't doing it every night and I told her that she also tells us to leave it alone and she started talking about how wrong she is and how she explains that to parents when they then need to circumcise. I explained our ped is from germany and that was it she said "ohh, that explains it" then rolled her eyes. Then told me a story of another patient who I guess their reaction was "ohh, we didn't know that, if someone had told us we'd have been doing it all along" which is the one thing that actually bothered me about the experience...this nurse actually managed to talk a parent into regular forceable retraction.<br><br>
I'm just venting. My dh has already printed out a plethora of medical articles and wrote a note to a bunch of people at the hospital and included the articles with the note that he mailed to them, and I talked to the patient liaison and both our resident and attending physicians about it last night, and I'll be talking to our ped about it as soon as she returns from her vacation.
 

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I think it is horrible that we have medical professionals who are so ignorant in this country. Our medical system has many parts to be proud of, and generally, I'd say our nurses are absolutely one of them... but that response was just an embarrassment to educated, caring nurses everywhere.
 

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First: I hope your little one is well again or on the way of recovery.<br>
Wow I'd be livid and write a huge letter of complaint! Especially pointing out that this nurse is aware of the recommendations to leave foreskins alone...<br>
Is your ped affiliated with that hospital? In that case he/she should especially do something about that nurse and intact education in general. I'm so sorry!<br>
Well, and, me being German, I 'd love to roll my eyes back at her. People have been leaving little boys' foreskins alone back at home forever, and guess what, men didn't need to be circumcised because of lack of nightly retraction. Yikes I just want to puke at that comment!<br>
Lastly, which hospital was that in Denver? The Children's Hospital itself? (I might deliver my next one at the Birthing Center in Denver, so I better know for the worst case scenario what kind of people I'd be dealing with in case of a transfer for baby).... And yikes, if it was the Children's Hospital I'm especially shocked! THEY should know how to treat children right....
 

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Yikes , I imagine she's pretty old school too but to realize AAP changed their policy but still tells parents and she actually talked a parent into forcefully retracting their child boy she is going to lose her job for Giving out Bad Information that will cause harm.<br><br>
I hope your little one feels better soon and please write about that nurse with a big huge complaint.<br><br>
For that nurse showing such unprofessional ethics I would have demanded someone to get that nurse away from my son and have a different nurse then recommend that nurse to be fired because if she doesn't have accurate information then she shouldn't be a Medical Professional on a job .
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> sounds just like the one I met in the mother baby ward at my hospital when I had my 1 yr old. I told her where to go since she wanted to argue <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">First: I hope your little one is well again or on the way of recovery.<br>
Wow I'd be livid and write a huge letter of complaint! Especially pointing out that this nurse is aware of the recommendations to leave foreskins alone...<br>
Is your ped affiliated with that hospital? In that case he/she should especially do something about that nurse and intact education in general. I'm so sorry!<br>
Well, and, me being German, I 'd love to roll my eyes back at her. People have been leaving little boys' foreskins alone back at home forever, and guess what, men didn't need to be circumcised because of lack of nightly retraction. Yikes I just want to puke at that comment!<br>
Lastly, which hospital was that in Denver? The Children's Hospital itself? (I might deliver my next one at the Birthing Center in Denver, so I better know for the worst case scenario what kind of people I'd be dealing with in case of a transfer for baby).... And yikes, if it was the Children's Hospital I'm especially shocked! THEY should know how to treat children right....</div>
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Sorry, just getting back to here. No, I don't think our ped is actually affiliated with any hospital, and yes, at children's hospital at the main campus in aurora (they say Denver, but it so is not in Denver).<br><br>
I delivered River at Rose (I have extremely complicated pregnancies and have to go to peri's no midwife has been willing to come close to taking me as a patient since Kincaid...) and they were pretty good...the nurse he had herself refused to assist with circ's, she was older and had 3 grown sons who she didn't circ.
 
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