Childhood Diseases

Posted by: shelley | 2013-02-01



Hi Doc

My son is 16 months and he has got an infection under his foreskin. I have been given antibiotics and a cream for him but the doc said he looks like he is one of the few that has a non retractable foreskin and he will definately need a circumcision.

I am okay with this as we wanted to get it done when he was born but we were told we could not unless it was for a medical reason. The doc said we have to wait until he is 2 to 2 and a half years old as the risk of putting him under is greater under the age of 2.

I am concerned about healing time and the pain factor. Please can you give me some information on this?


Expert's Reply



It does look as if your son is going to need a circumcision for purely medical reasons. It is a good idea to wait until he is at least 2 years old as he will need a general anaesthetic. Fortunately the operation itself is a relatively minor operation and your son will recover rapidly and should have remarkably little pain afterwards.

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Posted by: Leo | 2013-02-08

Go Kari go!!!!!!

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Posted by: Kari | 2013-02-08

Hi Shelley, your son needs to be circumcised. This is probably the beginning of a lot of foreskin problems. Best you get it done sooner.

WJA, why dont you tell the truth?? You have no expierience with a foreskin as you yourself are circumcised. Just because YOU have a foreskin fetish and how to tell everyone that they are creating trauma and pain with circumcision, how about you tell them about foreskin problems, like infections, phimosis and what about smegma?? Stop trying your intactivist factless scare tactics because you are so screwed up. You are not a doctor, no medical degree and no firsthand knowledge about foreskins. Where do you come off telling a parent that the doctor is wrong. You encourage self written websites by intactivists that know nothing. You are not going to convince this parent who''s son has a foreskin problem that already wants him circumcised not to do it. Check your research and you will find that more women prefer their men circumcised and that men themselves are more satisfied with their penises when circumcised as compared to guys with smelly foreskins, something you dont know about. Find another sand box to play in and quit acting like the pedophile you are.

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Posted by: WJA | 2013-02-04

Your Doc is misleading you with regard to non-retractable foreskin.
The foreskin may remain attached t the glans well up to the age of 13 before it naturally releases.
Do your research thoroughly and you will realise the the advise received from your Doc is inaccurate.
Far beyond the healing and pain associated with amputating his foreskin, you should also consider the negative impact to his mental and physical distress as an adult.
The foreskin is an integral part of the penis and it''s proper functioning.
Protect you son by educating yourself

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