Taking Baby Home from the Hospital
During visits to the pediatrician, many parents are later incorrectly instructed that they need to retract and clean underneath the foreskin from infancy onward. During routine examinations by doctors or nurses, retractions are often forced upon the infant. Typically, invasive discovery expeditions are quite common. The medical professional insists this is necessary even in cases where no symptoms whatsoever have been reported by the parent. The parent who questions this pursuit is told the doctor merely needs to take a look around and make sure everything is okay.
Forced retractions cause injury and are dangerous. Invasive medical interference resulting from misinformation, improper guidance, supposition and unnecessary exploration can cause infections, scarring and various other problems. Ultimately, the blame is placed upon the foreskin itself when in fact the complications could have been totally avoided had the foreskin been left alone. As a result, parents are often told circumcision is necessary after all.
People are surprised to learn that the intact penis requires no special care. Parents are not properly informed about how easy it is to maintain proper hygiene for the first several years of their sons life. All one needs to do is rinse the outside of the penis with warm water. Its that simple. No attempt to retract for purposes of cleaning or inspection should be made by anyone. During the early years, it is not even possible to pull back the foreskin because the separation process is very gradual.
Overzealous attempts to clean the foreskin cause
the very same problems that the cleaning was intended to prevent. When an
infection occurs as a result of aggressive cleaning methods, the foreskin
is inappropriately blamed. Again, doctors will typically insist that circumcision
is needed. For the baby or small child who manages to avoid routine circumcision,
the majority of any later complications are blamed on the foreskin. In fact,
they are most often brought on due to improper fiddling by medical professionals
and well meaning parents. When people finally realize and accept that the
foreskin simply needs to be left alone, its chances of avoiding amputation
will be greatly increased.
|Consider providing your doctor with an Intact Care Agreement. For more information and support, you can also attend CHATS which are held the 1st and 15th of each month at 9:00 PM EST.|
It is highly recommended that when you choose a pediatrician for your baby, you find one who is "foreskin friendly." NOCIRC offers a referral service for such doctors. They can also refer people to lawyers in the event one is needed.
Your First Look at the Natural Glans
When my son was four his foreskin retracted by itself for the first time. He had been in the midst of a temper tantrum rolling around working up a sweat when he suddenly needed to go to the bathroom. Even with all I knew about the natural penis, I was suddenly alarmed because the head (glans) of the penis was reddish in color. I was sure he had some sort of infection. I guess I expected it to be fleshtone like everything else. Because the intact penis is protected by its sheath, the tip of the penis is pink or reddish in color. This is completely normal and not cause for alarm. The coloring by itself is not an indication that something is wrong or an infection is present.
Cleaning is Easy
Myth: Circumcision Inevitable Later
Newborns: Care of
the Uncircumcised Penis
by the American Academy of Pediatrics
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Ballooning & NonSurgical Remedies for Tight Foreskin (Phimosis)
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Last Update: 3/3/99