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February 18th, 2014, 10:37 PM
Leah
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SO and I bucked the norm in our families and decided to not have Logan circumcised. I read that you often need to do nothing as far as pulling the foreskin back; that by the time they're around 4 or so it will have naturally loosened, if you will. Our pediatrician told us we could once daily pull very lightly and stop at first resistance. I was wondering who was doing what: letting it naturally happen, or helping?

SO is a big listen to the doctor guy so he does the teeny pull. I'm not worried about damage or anything. I've watched SO and he barely pulls - he is incredibly careful because his oldest son had to have his foreskin re-ripped after his circumcision and he remembers his cries and pain well. Every one else who watches him has been told explicitly to not touch except to wipe (I didn't think anyone in our family would think to pull it back, but I read too many warnings to not say something). I'm just curious what the more popular advice is.
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February 18th, 2014, 11:26 PM
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I was always told teensy pull, enough to check for debris. Old childcare worker here.
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February 19th, 2014, 01:04 AM
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No pullong here with either of our boys ever. Was always told not too.
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February 19th, 2014, 07:40 AM
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I don't touch his foreskin. In the bath and during diaper changes I'll wipe with a cloth, but that's about it. No pulling back, no extra attention to the foreskin.
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February 19th, 2014, 12:32 PM
soul_donut's Avatar Melissa
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My boy is circ but he has a little adhesion still at the top and I have lightly pulled every week or two to clean just a little bit more thoroughly so that it hopefully it works itself out. Doesn't bother the baby at all to move it. Not sure if that helps you!
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February 19th, 2014, 02:31 PM
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Our doc said we could pull just enough to make the skin taut so you can check for cleanliness but for the most part we just don't mess with things. Once in a while I'll look more closely just to be sure everything is fine.
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February 20th, 2014, 11:04 AM
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Never touched Noahs. The ped checks it at his checkups, and always said it moved fine. My nephews was tight, so my sister had to do some light pulling... but its fine now.
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February 22nd, 2014, 09:17 PM
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We don't do anything with the foreskin here. Our ped. never said anything like that to us. All the books also say not to touch it. I'm sure your DS would let you know if pulling it was hurting him in anyway though!
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February 22nd, 2014, 10:02 PM
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Oh yeah, I am sure that Logan would squawk and guilt the heck out of us if anything hurt him. He's learned to use that lower lip quite well.

I don't think SO remembers to do it daily, but was curious as the general ped advice because mine can be a throwback sometimes, though not always.
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February 24th, 2014, 01:51 PM
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My doctor hasn't mentioned it, and I don't do anything besides wipe it and then go over it with a washrag during his normal bath.
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