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I think we have made a big hygiene mistake

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I think we have made a big hygiene mistake

Our 2 month old is uncircumcised. In the hospital they showed us how to bath him and the nurse said when he gets a little older, you should pull back the forekin and clean it.

Well, she didn’t really specify what a little older meant, so we recently pulled it back during his bath and found a lot of white stuff and cleaned it away. Then we read online how the forskin is fused and you should never pull it back until it retracts on its own.

My question now is, since we have done it, should we keep doing it when we bath him or should we just let it be? She called the local Heath unit and they weren’t really helpful about the situation.
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You heard wrong. A fused foreskin is an abnormal condition. The foreskin is designed to retract. Just keep doing it like you did in the bath as there will be a constant build-up there that you will need to clean until your boy is old enough to do it himself.
brobinsoncc wrote:
Oct 28th, 2017 8:47 am
Our 2 month old is uncircumcised. In the hospital they showed us how to bath him and the nurse said when he gets a little older, you should pull back the forekin and clean it.

Well, she didn’t really specify what a little older meant, so we recently pulled it back during his bath and found a lot of white stuff and cleaned it away. Then we read online how the forskin is fused and you should never pull it back until it retracts on its own.

My question now is, since we have done it, should we keep doing it when we bath him or should we just let it be? She called the local Heath unit and they weren’t really helpful about the situation.
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Clacker wrote:
Oct 28th, 2017 10:37 am
You heard wrong. A fused foreskin is an abnormal condition. The foreskin is designed to retract. Just keep doing it like you did in the bath as there will be a constant build-up there that you will need to clean until your boy is old enough to do it himself.
No. OP is correct. Foreskin is suppose to be like that for about the first year.

Op - talk to your pediatrician. We've discovered the difference in kid specific knowledge between regular health practitioners and pediatricians is huge.

We've been sent twice to emergency by a doctor for things the pediatricians know is normal for babies. Also one time had a pediatrician pick up something that normal doctors completely miss.
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If he can pee, let it be. Don't stress about this one time, unless you notice issues. From now on, just wash the outside without retracting. Every boy is different, my younger son was able to retract himself at 2yo, my older one couldn't until 7. The majority of boys will be able to retract by the time they hit puberty. The doctor always said to let them be the first ones to retract because they know when to stop if it hurts.
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Hmm, guess I am wrong. We've never encountered this problem in my family before... Thanks for the correction.
Stock R wrote:
Oct 28th, 2017 3:48 pm
No. OP is correct. Foreskin is suppose to be like that for about the first year.

Op - talk to your pediatrician. We've discovered the difference in kid specific knowledge between regular health practitioners and pediatricians is huge.

We've been sent twice to emergency by a doctor for things the pediatricians know is normal for babies. Also one time had a pediatrician pick up something that normal doctors completely miss.
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The first person to pull that foreskin back is the child themselves.
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I don't get it did you pull it back so hard that you ripped it. I don't think that's even possible .

Gotta clean that dick cheese
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Poor kid! You misunderstood. No Health practitioner or nurse or doctor or anyone who knows better would suggest that you pull it back on your own and clean it. That is absolutely terrible and ridiculous advice for new parents.
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Why all of this worry. Oil, pulling it back whatever seems unnecessary. We have been doing nothing for thousands of years. I think the fact that until recently most were circumcised in North America has made us think something is unusual about foreskin or something special needs to be done.
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daivey wrote: I don't get it did you pull it back so hard that you ripped it. I don't think that's even possible .

Gotta clean that dick cheese
Lol our kid is adopted and he's uncircumcised. We're looking to get it done as my wife continues to joke about dick cheese.
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I wonder what gave humanity the idea to start mutilating their own genitals (both male and female)...Anyway back in undergrad public health we were told it wasn't necessary (because of modern hygiene) and even harmful. Perhaps the guidance has changed again, who knows...
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Use quality wipes and wash him regularly. I’ve never understood the need to circumcise. To me it seems more of a cosmetic surgery ( and religious of course.)

akswun wrote:
Nov 2nd, 2017 11:14 am
Lol our kid is adopted and he's uncircumcised. We're looking to get it done as my wife continues to joke about dick cheese.
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Clacker wrote:
Oct 28th, 2017 10:37 am
You heard wrong. A fused foreskin is an abnormal condition. The foreskin is designed to retract. Just keep doing it like you did in the bath as there will be a constant build-up there that you will need to clean until your boy is old enough to do it himself.
No you are very wrong... The foreskin is fused until it's fully retractable anywhere between 2 and as old as 10 or 12. You NEVER pull it back before that. You clean it like you would a finger. Pulling it back can cause tears and create scar tissue which leads to people thinking they "have" to be circ'd.
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daivey wrote:
Oct 31st, 2017 3:41 pm
I don't get it did you pull it back so hard that you ripped it. I don't think that's even possible .

Gotta clean that dick cheese
It's seriously incredible how little men know about their own bodies. Embarrassing really.

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