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  1. Sylvia
    January 11, 2016

    SO sad- but since I work ER, I see this happen every day. Doctors have NO clue regarding intact care, and frequently recommend “retracting and cleaning with soap”, which is opposite of what they should recommend (NO retraction and NO soap!). It makes me SO angry and upset!!! I’m working on educating the physicians I work with!!

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  2. Hannah
    January 11, 2016

    Thanks for sharing! It sure is hard to come up with something to say to a doctor’s bad advice in the moment, isn’t it? I hope that your pediatrician was able to talk a little sense into the ER doc.

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    • Frank McGinness
      February 29, 2016

      Doctor, would you use soap and water in the mouth? How about the Vagina? No. So the interior foreskin is mucosa also, which maintains a pH balance so only water, if at all.

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  3. Sharon Schlicher, Midwife
    January 11, 2016

    I want to know if she really did contact the ER doctor and said something to him. I say this because there is a hierarchy where docs are concerned and ER docs consider themselves at the top of the heap. A lowly pediatrician may never get a single nod as to what her “opinion” is about foreskin. But, I would applaud her for trying.

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  4. concerned cynic
    January 11, 2016

    To head off yeast infections in the future, remove sugar, honey, fruit juice and baked goods from his diet until he is out of diapers.

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    • Wyandotte
      October 15, 2016

      Good advice.

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  5. Jennifer R
    January 11, 2016

    The ER doctor should be reported for soliciting unnecessary cosmetic surgery.

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    • Rebecca Spratling
      January 12, 2016

      Exactly! I guess because he can’t enjoy sex fully then no male should. What an idiot. Just proves any idiot can become a doctor in this country if you can pay for the schooling.

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      • Mrs j’s mom
        January 12, 2016

        Or have your child circumcised

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      • Steinn
        January 13, 2016

        Why?

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      • Mrs j’s mom
        January 12, 2016

        This is a henous act

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    • Mrs j’s mom
      January 12, 2016

      Are you for real?

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  6. Carly
    January 11, 2016

    I have several similar stories, none of which even involved my kid’s penis!

    When my now 10 year old was 2, he ended up in the ER with dehydration due to what I believe was the flu. First the ER doc insisted that she could not take a urine sample from an uncut boy without a catheter because it wouldn’t be “clean” (I asked her if they also cath’d girls and she didn’t answer) and that his foreskin would have to be fully retracted to do so. Which obviously makes no sense because if urine can get out, clearly a tiny tube can get in. After several hours with no urine (he was just that dehydrated), I agreed to let a nurse cath him while I assisted to make sure they didn’t retract him. Blood tests later came back normal but they never tested him for the flu. They diagnosed him with an “unknown virus” and the ER doc had the nerve to hint that not being circumcised was the cause. Because apparently foreskin causes stomach bugs.

    Also had a doc recommend circumcision for impetigo in his diaper area. I asked her if she intended to amputate his testicles and behind too because it was everywhere! And given what the sores looked like on his foreskin, I imagine it would have been a lost worse if it had been on the rest of his penis instead.

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    • Mrs j’s mom
      January 12, 2016

      Sorry you feel this way

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    • Frank McGinness
      February 29, 2016

      Carly, Good story! Gosh, you have to keep dodging them, like you were holding a football, your son.
      Impetigo is a new reason I haven’t heard previously.

      About catheter, reminds of the man who went in for heart bypass, and woke up circumcised and no heart operation. They said he had to circumcised to do the catheter. And said he had no grounds to sue but he did and won (or settled?).

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    • Noelani
      December 15, 2016

      Your son was very lucky that you knew what you were doing! I have heard of circumcision being performed because there was diaper rash on the outside of the foreskin. This would have been at least 30 years ago and the mother really didn’t have anyone to turn to for help. I also know that there are many times a child is seen for something has nothing to do with his penis, but the doc manages to turn it into that. A radiologist here where I live was x-raying a baby and decided to see if his foreskin retracted. The idiot spent several minutes trying to force it back as far as could. The next day, he called the pediatrician and said “I got the foreskin back quite a bit farther, for you”, as if he’d done something wonderful! The ped told him that baby;s foreskins weren’t supposed to be retracted and didn’t need to be cleaned under. The radiologist said “Common sense would tell me otherwise”. The ped told me the story, but wouldn’t tell me the baby’s name. If he had, I’d have called the parents and told them who to call to take legal action against that nitwit. What was done to their baby wasn’t just medically inappropriate, it was a violent sexual assault. One day, Americans will stop giving people with MD behind their names the right to sexually assault and mutilate babies, and treat them the same as anyone else who would do such a thing.

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  7. Beth D
    January 11, 2016

    Gosh— how ignorant of the ER doc — So happy Mom knew the proper intact care guidelines and had a supportive Ped who also practices safe intact care —

    If Mom brought a little girl in would the ER doc have recommended amputation of her vulva, labia, or clitorus for a treatable condition?

    Forcibly retracting the clitoral foreskin or penile foreskin will causing damage— I wish American doctors knew what the rest of the medical doctors in the world already know– foreskin is not a medical condition that requires treatment.

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  8. Heather
    January 11, 2016

    LOVE this. THANK YOU!

    Took my son for his 2 year well check last week and I was fretting the whole time because I HAD to say, “No foreskin touching AT ALL, please and thank you!” right before the doc opened his diaper. Phew. It went fine and she put up no fight and said, “Oh yeah that’s fine!”

    But then she went on…”The only reason we’d need to check the foreskin is if you ever came in with an infant or toddler boy UTI. Then we’d have to catheterize him…”

    Ugh. I know enough to know that’s NOT the case. I’d never let any medical professional cath (penetrate!) my child unless my child was going into surgery and ALREADY under anaesthesia! Clean catch or bagging it is fine.

    But honestly, I was just glad I didn’t have to put up a fight that day and figured if he gets a UTI… we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. Maybe I’ll send the office some info until then. But it doesn’t make any darn sense. My daughter had a UTI as a toddler. They didn’t have to cath her.

    Anyway, my son has had a bad diaper rash yeast infection, and the same doc also recommended Lotrimin and A&D. Worked!

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    • Rosalie Lu Weber
      January 12, 2016

      Report the stupid physician to the medical board. Stupid people should not be in position to give harmful advice.

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    • Noelani
      December 15, 2016

      Don’t worry, it’s highly unlikely that your son will ever have a UTI! Those studies that suggested circumcision protected against UTI were flawed, and even they only suggested that about 1% of intact boys would get a UTI, and only as newborns. When they say “not circumcising creates a ten-fold increase” it sounds serious, but when you see how small the numbers are, it doesn’t sound very impressive! Of my four sons, all in their 20s and 30s now, the three who are intact have never had a single one, but the one who is circumcised has had three, two as a child and one as an adult. The UTI thing is just another feeble excuse American docs came up with to justify something they were all ready doing. The children who get the most UTIs, by far, are the girls! My daughters and I have all had multiple UTIs but not one suggests getting anything cut off to prevent them!

      You’re doing a great job as a mom!

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  9. Jennifer Tate
    January 12, 2016

    This is my daughter and grandson. I am SO proud of her for standing firm on what she believes in and what she knows is right. Also for continuously researching and keeping herself educated and my grandson safe, happy, and protected.

    Damon is one very lucky little boy to have Jessicah as his Momma and I’m lucky to get to be hers!

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  10. Frederick Rhodes
    January 12, 2016

    Report this incompetent and negligent ER doctor for his/her hateful, sexist and subversive misdiagnoses of excess foreskin, trying to fool parents by body shaming, and fool the insurance companies into believing there is such a thing that causes yeast infections. He is a danger to unsuspecting young parents and may try to convince someone to sexually assault, traumatize and mutilate their child because of his misinformed delusional thought processes.

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  11. Mrs j’s mom
    January 12, 2016

    This could have all been avoided, so sad

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    • Nonya
      September 8, 2016

      Sounds like you’re a pro mutilation type person. I, a woman, have had yeast infections. Should *I* get circumcised? Why or why not?

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  12. Barry-Susan Rutherford
    January 20, 2016

    So dumb that the dr. thinks the yeast infectios is caused by “dirty foreskin”… what?! Intact boys are easier to care for than girls. The foreskin, when left alone, has its own flora and good bacteria, just like girls. Babies easily catch yeast infections while breastfeeding if the mom is on an antibiotic, or if the baby is on an antibiotic. Clotrimazole clears it up after just a few applications. And get some probiotics. Easy peasy.

    Also, maybe write an article about ballooning? Baby boys can yank/irritate themselves and the foreskin goes thru a natural separating process from time to time. It can appear irritated or “ballooned”, and what can look like pus is actually the body flushing out smegma and natural adhesion stuff. Alarming the first time you see it but it resolves within a day. Please docs, educate thyselves!!! Leave baby boys alone

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  13. Barry-Susan Rutherford
    January 20, 2016
  14. Noelani
    December 15, 2016

    I’m glad you shared this! I think sometimes we are afraid to share such stories, like admitting that problems with an intact penis may happen means that circumcision is preferable. NO body part is completely free of potential for some kind of problem. An intact penis is actually one of the least likely to have a problem, but it is possible, and parents need to know that, and what to do about it. Otherwise, they can be at the mercy of a physician who knows less about it than they do and prescribes surgery to treat a minor condition!

    My oldest son had a problem which I would bet that most American docs would prescribe surgery for. It happened at age five, when we were on a ski vacation. His foreskin had been retractile for a couple of years, by then. He retracted it a lot so I had always rinsed it during his bath, myself, but had turned that chore over to him, a few weeks earlier. He came to us this one night and said his penis hurt and showed us. It was red and quite swollen, and there was a lot of white matter on his glans and the inside of the foreskin. I was very frightened that it was something serious, but my intact husband, who was also a doctor, said not to worry, that it looked more serious than it was. He rinsed it with warm water and put some ointment on it. My son said it all ready felt better. The next morning, the redness and swelling was almost gone. There was still a lot of white matter, but my husband explained that it wasn’t pus, but just a lot of shed cells, due to the irritation. We repeated the treatment in the morning and that night our son showed us and said “Look! It’s all better, now!”. I cautioned him about touching it with dirty hands, and reminded him about rinsing under his foreskin during his bath, which he admitted that he hadn’t really been doing, as he told me he had. Nothing like that ever happened again, with him, or his two intact brothers. If only little girls had so few such things!

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