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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Conflicting Advice On Care of a Uncircumcised Penis

So the pediatrician wanted to talk about my son's uncircumcised penis. Ummm, ok. The doctor felt I should have started retracting his penis already. Huh?! But all the books and experts said to leave it alone. The doctor didn't agree and said I should now start slow pulling it back daily.

I left the doctors office confused. In the West Indies they do start the retraction process while a baby is months old. Here in America they dont. I chose to do things the American way but my Hispanic pediatrician seems to be of the mindset as my culture.

So now I'm sitting at home just a bit peeved. I already went through a fight to not get him circumcised. Why can't people leave my son's penis alone? Now this doctor says I have to know! I'm so not cool with the idea.

So I go online to see what the "experts" are saying and on the Healthy Children site in the article "Care for an Uncircumcised Penis" the same "hands off" advice stands. I found the same on the iVillage pregnancy and parenting site. Most advice seems to be it will happen naturally or because of my son's own...errr...manual exploration.

So now I'm back where I started with basic penis care, no extra handling, and hope it's the right choice. I kinda feel with all the touching and grabbing my son does to his little penis he's got the retraction issue covered.

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at: June 24, 2010 at 1:23 PM said...

Good for you for leaving his "wee wee" alone. I have a holistic MD who works with my family and she has never told me to retract the foreskin ever. I've only ever heard to just not touch it and that your little guy will figure it out for himself. I know that my husband lets him have his "free love" sessions during diaper changes. Now we're in potty training territory and I'm getting a bit scared about the whole thing. Anyways, just wanted to comment. Your little guy is sooooo cute!!!!