My daughter is 18months and at every check up her pediatrician does a genital exam. Is this just part of the check up or is he a weirdo?
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Ez - posted on 09/14/2011
My health nurse used to check my daughter's genitals and bottom as part of the check ups. No touching, just a quick look. It was just standard, and she was looking for signs of nasty, untreated nappy rash, thrush or anal fissures (a sign of constipation). In boys it would be for all that, plus to check the testes.
As long as he is only looking, I wouldn't have a problem with it. But I believe wholeheartedly in mummy instinct. If something tells you this guy is a bit off, it might be time to change docs.
Ashley - posted on 02/03/2014
It is important for pediatricians to exam this area for both male and females. I unfortunately was misdiagnosed by my pediatrician with a genetic disorder called lichen sclerosus that causes damage to the genital area. My disease had started to progress as early as 2 years old and I only discovered I had it when I was 13. After going misdiagnosed for such a long time my disease progressed into the worst state possible resulting in a reconstructive surgery. Thus my point is that it is important for a physician to exam all areas of the body because it would be unfortunate for them to miss something that could result in serious consequences.
Elfrieda - posted on 09/15/2011
My doctor barely touches my son at all, he just looks at his ears and watches him interact with me on my lap. I had to practically drag him over to see about an undescended testicle. It was kind of weird but nice to have the dr ask my 9 month old, "I'm going to touch you now, is that okay?" (I don't think he's used to kids)
I know there are times when a girl's parts can grow together a little bit, maybe he's checking for that? Or is very thorough, unlike my "Oh, he looks fine" doctor? I would just straight-up ask him what he's looking for.
Sherri - posted on 09/15/2011
My kids have had their genitals checked at the pediatrician at every well visit since they have been born for the boys they still touch and the older ones are 13 & 14. They always explain to them that they are going to touch them and explain why they need too, so they don't feel violated in anyway. It is 100% standard in our pediatricians office girls or boys.
Just an FYI they are also checking for any type of physical abuse even though they are not telling you that.
Amy - posted on 09/14/2011
My Childs pediatrician also checks for the same reasons that Erin said. It's always a quick look and nothing more, There usually isn't any touching involve with my daughter however he has touched my son to ensure his testes have dropped.
Nikki - posted on 09/14/2011
Like Michelle, I don't go to a pediatrician because in Australia they are specialists. But no, other than at birth I have never had anyone check her genitals.
I would ask what he is checking for. Other than him being a bit odd the only justifiable reason I can see is to check the genitals for abuse. But I would think there would have to be other indicators first.
I am not sure, are you from the US? Maybe it is part of your health check there? I would definitely ask, or even ring another ped to see if it is normal practice.
Michelle - posted on 09/14/2011
I don't go to a pediatrician, I just go to the child health nurse but she doesn't do a genital exam. She may notice a bit of a rash sometimes because they get weighed naked but that's about it.
My girl is almost 18 months and my 2 older ones are boys so I'm not 100% sure if it's standard.
What does he do during the exam? Does he just have a quick look or does it make you feel uncomfortable?
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