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September 25th, 2009, 07:13 AM
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Our little boy will be left intact and I just wanted to make sure that I dont need to do anything. We have 3 girls so Im not sure what to do with a boy anyway. So basically I just wash what I see and never retract right? Anything to look out for or be aware of?
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September 25th, 2009, 02:34 PM
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That's exactly right. Wash it over like a finger and let him soak a little in the bath and that is it. easy as anything. Much easier then girls. The hardest area to wash is the other boy parts imo. Those things are poop catchers.

The foreskin is in 99% of cases fused to the head at birth so there is nothing to clean under. If you pull it back you are in fact tearing at attached skin. There is also a ring of muscle at the end so pulling back on that damages that as well. It's designed to open to let him pee and close after to keep poop out. The main thing to watch for is that no one trys to retract him, not even a Dr at a well visit. Make sure you have an intact friendly Dr/Ped. Ask him or her how to care for it. If they say gently retract at 'X' age then they are someone to avoid. Just when a boy becomes retractable varies greatly and only he should do the retracting.
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September 25th, 2009, 07:58 PM
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Yup dont do anything. my son is 3 and I've never had a problem with him. Just wash him and go
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September 30th, 2009, 12:47 AM
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our dr. don't touch our sons penis.
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September 30th, 2009, 11:57 AM
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Yes-and DEFINITELY make sure you watch the doctors/practitioners. I had one pull back even after I told them to LEAVE IT ALONE! I haven't had him to the office since except when we all had strep throat. I don't want to take a chance. Who knows how much damage they already caused.
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October 1st, 2009, 10:42 AM
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All I wanted to add is that you may have a hard time finding a Dr that is intact friendly. I haven't seen one yet despite my tries.... We have an EXTREMELY high circ rate here - like I don't know anyone else that doesn't circ except one friend & my one cousin & she doesn't live near me, neither do actually.... so I just have to be vigilant & explain that NO retraction means NONE....not a little, NONE. Other than that - no problems.

Congrats on the baby!
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October 3rd, 2009, 12:54 AM
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exactly you tell them leave it alone! and then see other dr.
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October 11th, 2009, 02:06 PM
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Thanks ladies! Im thinking about switching pediatricians even though I really like the one we have right now because he is "ok" with our decision not to vaccinate. He likes when the parents have a more hands on approach but I just really dont like the office. Especially the nurses...
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March 1st, 2010, 02:52 PM
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That's exactly right. Wash it over like a finger and let him soak a little in the bath and that is it. easy as anything. Much easier then girls. The hardest area to wash is the other boy parts imo. Those things are poop catchers.

The foreskin is in 99% of cases fused to the head at birth so there is nothing to clean under. If you pull it back you are in fact tearing at attached skin. There is also a ring of muscle at the end so pulling back on that damages that as well. It's designed to open to let him pee and close after to keep poop out. The main thing to watch for is that no one trys to retract him, not even a Dr at a well visit. Make sure you have an intact friendly Dr/Ped. Ask him or her how to care for it. If they say gently retract at 'X' age then they are someone to avoid. Just when a boy becomes retractable varies greatly and only he should do the retracting.

Thank u for this info... basically with my 10 mo old, ive ALWAYS just wiped it down, and thats it... but the few odd times with really messy poops, i thought i had to wipe where the hole is, so poop wouldnt get inside. So i pulled it VERY gently to do that... and then was advised not to pull it AT ALL on my Playroom.. so thats what im doing now... leaving it completely. So this is new to hear that it actually closes so nothing gets inside.

Id thought id torn it a tiny bit when i did wipe it a few days ago.. but i think i was just paranoid.. and it was just a crease that i thought was a tear. He pees fine, isnt in pain, and it isnt red... so im relieved to know this info now so i can do the absolute best thing.
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March 2nd, 2010, 01:45 PM
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Happy to help. Intact boys really are the easiest to look after.

This explains the muscle better then I can. How Big Is The Foreskin?
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March 2nd, 2010, 04:25 PM
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I didn't think of doing anything special to my son's penis... I thought we just left it alone too.
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March 2nd, 2010, 06:02 PM
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Happy to help. Intact boys really are the easiest to look after.

This explains the muscle better then I can. How Big Is The Foreskin?
I didn't know anything about the muscle in the foreskin. Thanks for posting that!
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March 3rd, 2010, 02:11 AM
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I've looked at a few sites talking about it and some are just so wordy they make my eyes swim, but that one is nice and clear. I think I'll make a post on it.
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April 24th, 2010, 04:16 PM
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A doctor should NEVER have to retract the foreskin unless there is a medical problem with the foreskin or glans. If your doctor tries to retract the foreskin or your son says the doctor retracted his foreskin, take your son to another doctor.
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