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penis care for an intact baby

Posted by on Oct. 11, 2012 at 9:12 PM
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I have 2 sons that are circumcised, but I've decided to not circ the next baby (he's due in dec).  what care is involved?  when i tell people that i'm not going to circ, the first thing out of their mouths is, "ewww, you'll have to pull back the skin to clean"....but i read another post while ago that made it clear that's not the case. so, i guess i'm asking what exactly is involved in penis care?

and i apologize for sounding so ignorant about it.  it's sad that most people don't know how to take care of the body in it's natural state.

by on Oct. 11, 2012 at 9:12 PM
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lilmami316
by on Oct. 11, 2012 at 9:14 PM

you just  make sure  you clena it  really well when changing  his diaper  thats whaty  my  doctor  told  me and  you dont  pull thier  skin back untill they are way older  is  what  my  hubby said

MommaTasha1003
by on Oct. 11, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Care is very simple.. My DS gets rashs if I use wipes (has nothing to do with being intact) so I only use wipes if he poops, he gets a bath daily though..

You wipe the penis like a finger. No reason to pull skin back or go digging in there for anything.

The child is the ONLY one that should ever retract!!

check out this site for lots of good info .. Dr.momma

piwife
by on Oct. 11, 2012 at 10:07 PM
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Never ever ever pull back. Just wipe that's all.
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savyjoel
by on Oct. 12, 2012 at 3:54 PM

go to thewholenetwork.org  lots of info ---do NOT retract, it will hurt him.  Wash the outside only and be careful of others even doctors pulling the skin back.  I'm very happy to know you will be leaving this decision up to your son.  :)

rfurlongg
by on Oct. 12, 2012 at 4:06 PM
This. I have 3 uncut boys. Our ped said they would pull it back on their own when ready. They are 8, 6, and 3. We have never had any issues.

Quoting piwife:

Never ever ever pull back. Just wipe that's all.
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Mrs.Salz
by on Oct. 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Super easy: only clean what is seen - basically wipe like a finger. Never pull back the foreskin, it is damaging, painful, and often causes infections.

http://www.drmomma.org/2010/01/basic-care-of-intact-child.html

http://www.thewholenetwork.org/14/post/2011/09/proper-care-of-the-intact-penis-from-baby-to-teenager.html

MrsAdorkable
by on Oct. 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM
Quoting savyjoel:

go to thewholenetwork.org  lots of info ---do NOT retract, it will hurt him.  Wash the outside only and be careful of others even doctors pulling the skin back.  I'm very happy to know you will be leaving this decision up to your son.  :)




Right! Make it 100% clear to everyone (grandmas, daddy, babysitter, and yes even -or I shouuld say eseccially- dr.'s & nurses!)
Nicolle_09
by Silver Member on Oct. 12, 2012 at 7:03 PM

NEVER pull the skin back and NEVER let anyone other then the owner of the penis pull it back. It is fused to the head of the penis just like your finger nail is fused to your finger, retracting before it is ready (which can happen anywhere from age 3 till the early 20's) can tear the skin and cause infections and a whole list of things. 

Clean what is seen. Just wipe it like you would wipe your finger. The penis is a natural cleaning part of the body just like a womens vagina. 

kailu1835
by Bronze Member on Oct. 12, 2012 at 7:04 PM

You clean it like a finger.  Don't pull on the foreskin, just wipe around it.

kailu1835
by Bronze Member on Oct. 12, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Yes, you should add especially.  I think it was here on stop.CM a mom said that her pediatrician tried forceably retracting her 2 year old son's foreskin, twice, even after she told the doc to stop.

Quoting MrsAdorkable:

Quoting savyjoel:

go to thewholenetwork.org  lots of info ---do NOT retract, it will hurt him.  Wash the outside only and be careful of others even doctors pulling the skin back.  I'm very happy to know you will be leaving this decision up to your son.  :)




Right! Make it 100% clear to everyone (grandmas, daddy, babysitter, and yes even -or I shouuld say eseccially- dr.'s & nurses!)


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