Childhood Diseases

Posted by: chanty | 2010-12-10


Foreskin Problem

My son will be 3 in January. I have noticed that when he urinates, the penis makes a balloon. Is this normal? My husband pulled the foreskin back a little bit last night and it looks closed.

Expert's Reply



It does seem that the opening in the foreskin is too narrow and is preventing your son from being able to pass urine normally. He may need a circumcison. Please ask your paediatrician to refer your son to a paediatric urologist for an opinion about this.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010-12-14

Oh dear. I''m very anti circumcision, but there are one or two medical reasons that show up well past baby hood that circumcision does relieve and so it would just be silly and harmful to a child (or adult) not to relieve them of their pain.

My son is not circumcised and his foreskin has now separated fully and it never ballooned and neither has any of the other boys I know of, and balooning is mentioned in most baby books as a problem, so frank and wja need to keep themselves informed and not just blindly say all circumcisions are bad.

I''m also very pro natural birth, but if it was a choice between my baby or I suffering horrifically from lack of oxygen or facing death, I assure you I wouldn''t turn down the offer of a c-section.

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Posted by: Joe | 2010-12-13

You will never convince WJA or Frank.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010-12-13

balooning is not a natural part of the separation process.

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Posted by: WJA | 2010-12-13

Your son''s foreskin is busy separating from the head - this is what is causing the balooning. No circumcision is required, this is a natural part of the separation process.

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