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Old 03-11-2009, 09:05 PM   #11
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A tight, non retractile foreskin is 100% normal in a baby and often well into childhood. As long as your son can urinate, his foreskin is fine. If he enters puberty and is unable to retract it, then you may want to look into steroid cream and/or stretching exercises.
exactly!

And really during his teenage years their will be plenty of stretching!

I am really suprised at how many DRs are clueless about a healthy penis and their first course of action is to cut it off. If someone gets an infected paper cut we don't cut the finger off!

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Old 03-11-2009, 09:38 PM   #12
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ok so now i am freakingout a little. my son has had his foreskin retracted for placement of catheters for some of the tests he needed to have done?? could this have caused damage, should i be worried??
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Old 03-11-2009, 09:42 PM   #13
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Yikes, your baby does NOT need to be retracted for a cath!
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ok so now i am freakingout a little. my son has had his foreskin retracted for placement of catheters for some of the tests he needed to have done?? could this have caused damage, should i be worried??
Hopefully he will be fine, but if he needs to be cathed again, tell them they are not to retract. They should be able to do it by feel, and not need to see the urethra. Tell them to get a NICU nurse to do it if they have to (they usually have the most experience cathing intact babies).

I think he will be fine as long as it doesn't keep happening, it's the repeated retraction that really causes the big problems.
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Old 03-12-2009, 12:05 PM   #15
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jraejohnson; hopefully your DS had a little bit of retractability and they didn't rip the skin off his penis.

Its literally like pulling a fingernail off Sure, it will probably grow back and be fine, but it could also get infected or sore and then they will be calling for a circ!

I'm sad your baby had that done to him!
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jraejohnson; hopefully your DS had a little bit of retractability and they didn't rip the skin off his penis.

Its literally like pulling a fingernail off Sure, it will probably grow back and be fine, but it could also get infected or sore and then they will be calling for a circ!

I'm sad your baby had that done to him!
Yeah, unfortunately you might hear that if it does get infected or something - but just know that even if it is infected (because of their error) that does not warrant circ'ing him, no matter what they try to tell you. It should be treated like any other infection he might get - with antibiotics, etc.

How long ago did it happen?
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Normal. Doctors suggest it b/c it's a money maker. Kudos to you for keeping your son intact. He will thank you for it later.
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it happened 1 month ago when they did a renogram. i'm so worried...
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He should be fine. Just if it is repeatedly done...Don't let them do it again. And stand proud of what your doing. Print out the pamphlet online @ nocirc.com for medical professionals/how to care for intact infants and bring it with you if he has to have another cath..that is what I plan on doing. If the nurse gives you a hard time ask for a different one.
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