Circumcision

Karri - posted on 10/05/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have twin 22month old boys uncircumcised (and 21 yr old uncircumcised). I'm a RN and have always been against it especially as newborns (until a child can decide for himself). One of the twins has had two UTI and "too tight foreskin" according to doctor. He's recommending circumcision because tests ruled out congenital problems. It's not that I'm not willing to have the procedure if absolutely necessary but I feel like it's a rush to judgement. He was treated with three separate courses of antibiotics without confirmed cultures and I believe he had one but it never completely went away because organism/s were not confirmed and treated properly. We are currently waiting on results from the only straight cath taken (others were done with bag and urologist would not accept those as true positives). I feel if the sample was taken properly months ago and infection treated by right antibiotics Etc., maybe he would have only had one UTI. My 21 yr old had only one infection in his life and is uncut. The second issue is his twin will be uncut unless he developes problems. I wouldn't put him under just to look like brother but I'm still concerned. The doctor has been practicing for 35 years and I feel like he has some bias. I don't want my son to have more infections and risk kidney damage etc but I also don't want the risks and issues surrounding the procedure either. I need advice and opinions from those particularly that are generally against Circumcision please. Thank you.

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MaryAnn - posted on 10/05/2015

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I would try just about everything within my power to avoid it. Frequent changes, teaching him to clean himself properly, antibiotics, cranberry juice, making sure he is drinking ample water, avoiding sugary drinks... Maybe even trying out potty training early.
Get a second opinion just to be sure this is the doctors bias, and not a serious need for surgery... Surgery should *always* be a last resort!
Im not a doctor, and more specifically not your sons doctor, but in my experiences with uti's (including kidney...), repeated infections are usually a result of not fully treating the first one. And that happens a LOT.

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Karri - posted on 10/05/2015

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Thank you MaryAnn! I too was thinking "repeated infections are usually a result of not fully treating the first one. And that happens a LOT"
Your opinion and advice are very helpful :-)

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