How many mothers who left their sons uncircumcised received advice from a doctor or family member to retract the foreskin to clean?

  • told to retract by doctor or health professional

    28%
  • told to retract by family member

    15%
  • no advice given

    37%
  • correct advice (leave it alone) given by either

    18%
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Submitted by at 8:40 AM on Dec. 23, 2008
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How many mothers who left their sons uncircumcised received advice from a doctor or family member to retract the foreskin to clean?

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  • PhilsBabyM...
    Submitted by   at 1:09 PM on December 23, 2008

    We left our son intact and no one has ever told us to retract it. I always remind the doctors before my son's diaper comes off that they are not to retract it,too. Just in case.

  • Laura1229
    Submitted by   at 1:41 PM on December 23, 2008

    I've been told by family, drs, & total strangers.

    My oldest, when he was 2, was taken to the dr for what we suspected as a bladdar infection. The DR retracted him so badly that he bled & screamed like she was killing him. I nearly got arrested because I shoved her into a wall and took my son out of there.

    We then took him to the ER. The dr took his diaper off, saw that he was intact, made no other examination & told us he just needed to be circ'ed.

    Needless to say... I know better & have never been back to either of those drs or that ER.

  • AmaliaD
    Submitted by   at 6:03 PM on December 23, 2008

    that sucks i am glad i dont have to worry about that!

  • MommytoNak...
    Submitted by   at 1:17 AM on December 29, 2008

    what sucks? there is nothing to worry about...just leave it be:)

  • oicmommy
    Submitted by   at 1:54 PM on January 11, 2009

    I'm glad to hear that I am not neglecting my son! I had a doc tell me to retract and clean every day! Midwife said leave it alone so I did.

  • mamalinzie
    Submitted by   at 10:47 AM on January 12, 2009

    My little brother is intact and I distinctly remember the big ordeal of "pulling back the skin to clean." Needless to say, he had a lot of problems with his penis because of that misinformation.

    I only have a daughter, but if I am ever blessed with a son, he will be left intact, and his foreskin will never be forcably retracted.

  • Izsarejman
    Submitted by   at 9:01 PM on January 12, 2009

    One doctor told me to pull it back and proceeded to do so, causing my son to scream. He then said he screamed because his skin was adhering to his penis. After that I wrote a patient complaint and ironically enough, the entire staff had to have intact boy care training by a hospital uroligist.

  • perfectmom...
    Submitted by   at 5:03 PM on January 14, 2009

    Both my boys are intact && both thier pedi's told me to retract at around 4 months every other day. Thats what I did && thier perfectly fine. btw they have different pedi's

  • heatherbny...
    Submitted by   at 10:38 AM on January 15, 2009

    Believe it or not, my son was born with a natural circumcision. It's rare, but not unheard of. I was so happy, too, because I was dreading having to have him go through the circumcision. I got lucky. Well, I guess he was really the lucky one.

  • sallymoon
    Submitted by   at 2:55 AM on May 17, 2009

    I was lucky enough to find out about the dangers of premature/forced retraction before my son was born. I got a pediatrician recommendation from a friend with intact sons, and this doctor is awesome! He is very pro-intact and knows to leave the foreskin alone. He seemed surprised that any doctor would NOT know that. My GP also knows proper intact care (her son is also intact), so I have a trusted back up doc for my son. I have been told by a number of ignorant friends/acquaintances that I should be retracting my sons foreskin, but I have re-educated them.

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