Pediatrician recommends to pull foreskin on 9 month old babies ?!

Petra - posted on 03/02/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Both of my boys are uncircumsized. Today we went for 9 months check up and our new pediatrician started to pull down the foreskin of our boys as much as possible and she said we should do that every bath time. I know it used to be recommend (I come from Czech Rep. where circumsicion is not a standard procedure) years ago but at the hospital, our 1st pediatrician and all the baby books say now to leave foreskin alone completely and wait till it will retract by itself.

I need some opinions, experiences? Thank you !!!!!

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Kelly - posted on 03/11/2011

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Thank you very much for this posting. I'm pregnant with my second baby, a son, and my partner and I have not really discussed what to do with regards to circumcision. Neither of us was comfortable with the idea. My mother told me a story of an older woman she knew when she was a teenager who used to retract her sons foreskin at bathtime. This poor boy was a toddler at the time and used to sit there crying. It broke my mothers heart and she made a promise to herself not to put her own sons through the same thing. She told me this story a few weeks ago and I still feel sick to my stomach everytime I think of that poor wee boy in such pain at his mothers hands. Maybe she didn't know any different but MY GOD!! I've read a couple of the links that Lana posted above and will ask my partner to read them as well. I will also now be on my guard with medical staff once he is born. Thank you once again. :)

Lana - posted on 03/06/2011

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Do not retract the foreskin! You are correct, momma - leave it alone. Intact = Don't Retract. Only clean what is seen. The only person to retract the foreskin should be the owner of it. ;) I am on my phone now but will post some helpful and important links later. It is crucial that no one refracts the foreskin. It can cause ripping, tearing, adhesions and scarring which then can cause a host of problems, not the least of which is pain and infections. This is precisely why in the US you hear of boys "having to" or "needing to be" circumcised later in life. In the rest of the world, where the vast majority of the men are intact, you do not see this issue.

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Rachael - posted on 02/24/2019

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We have 3 intact sons ages 15,11, and 9 I started pulling down their foreskins when they turned 1. By the time they were all 6 or 7 their foreskins are all retractable

Erica - posted on 03/11/2011

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thanks for posting this i thought i was the only one I am so concerned cause my son is 10 months and his skin is still intact, I just dont want him to have to be circumsized< and he is my first son I have 2 daughters so i am clueless when it comes to this lol thanks kelly for all the info :)

Erica - posted on 03/11/2011

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thanks for posting this i thought i was the only one I am so concerned cause my son is 10 months and his skin is still intact, I just dont want him to have to be circumsized< and he is my first son I have 2 daughters so i am clueless when it comes to this lol thanks kelly for all the info :)

Petra - posted on 03/07/2011

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Thank you so much, Lana and everybody else for all your support, it helped me a lot.I joined Peaceful Parenting. She said that "not to force it just do it gently" and that the foreskin is little tight. I'm not gonna let her tough them again. One of my boys have reddish area on his penis now I hope it just "diaper rash" or something.

Karen - posted on 03/04/2011

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I have 6 boys and I JUST saw my ped. for my 9 mth old and she said to leave it alone!

Lauren - posted on 03/03/2011

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Petra, I did quite alot of research on this before my son was born and also read that it should be left alone. I really would NOT go through with circumcision.

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