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Circumcision Issue

Postby AnnaBanana23 » Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:08 pm

my son was circumcised at 3 days old. I pulled the skin back every time I changed him until he was 2 months old. The reason I stopped was because I had his vaccinations done and when I told the nurse I noticed a red spot when I would pull back the skin on his penis she told me not to do that anymore. That I should never pull it back after it was healed.

So I stopped pulling it back. My son is now 4.5 months old and today for whatever reason I decided to pull the skin back...and to my horror noticed that the ridge of his gland does not show and the skin is attached!!

I am going for my sons 2nd round of vaccinations tomorrow and will ask the nurse about it. I've also contacted the doctor who preformed it to make an appointment.

Has anyone had this happen? What should I do!? I will be horrified if he has to be re-circumcised as I felt absolutely horrible the first time.

PLEASE do not start debating!!!
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Postby NotBarbaraBush » Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:08 pm

No debating here but I am so sorry to read this. :( I hope everything turns out okay. I'm not familiar with circ'ing or procedures to fix any complications. Hopefully, he isn't in any pain or discomfort.
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Postby Cayman4 » Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:41 pm

I don't remember ever pulling the skin back on DS. We just constantly put ointment on it, with every diaper change. I just asked DH too and he said that we didn't pull the skin back. I would definately get it checked out though.
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Postby CamsMommy » Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:51 pm

Same thing happened here. I tool lo in for his 9 month check up and the doc noticed it. She just told me to pull the skin back every time that I change his diaper and all will be well. It doesn't look bad.I mean he has a lot of excess skin there too. Does anyone else have this on their lo too? (Sorry, I don't mean to take over your post. Just curious.)
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Postby AnnaBanana23 » Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:58 am

CamsMommy - DS has a lot of skin still there still. I pulled it back again today and there is a tiny little red spot. Before when I was pulling the skin back the first 2 months, the ridge of his gland would pop up, now the skin is attached to it and won't pull all the way over the gland.

Will have to see what the nurse says today when we get his 2nd round of shots. I'm still waiting for a call back from the circ doctors office to get him in ASAP!
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Postby meg1492 » Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:22 am

*coming from a Mom who didn't circ*

I am curious..why do you have to pull the skin back if they are circ'd?

i'm sorry he's having an problem and I hope whatever it is, it gets resolved soon!
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Postby AnnaBanana23 » Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:56 am

I called the circ doc and she JUST left for vacation today. Will be back on the 14th and the receptionist was so great to squeeze me in to see her.

I found this article online and found it helpful. So I will continue to pull the skin back and hopefully it will release.

http://www.cirp.org/library/complications/gracely1/

Meg - I am not totally sure.
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Postby CamsMommy » Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:17 am

AnnaBanana- Thanks for the article. I'm a little peeved that I was never told to pull the skin back to make sure that an adhesion doesn't happen. I don't think that I ever read anything on doing that in books either. I think that it is great that while they are so young we can still correct it by pulling the skin back after bath time. I do it every time I change his diaper. Grr. All will be well in the end.
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Postby blue-eden » Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:42 am

I'm surprised that before that kind of surgery, the doctor didn't inform you of all the complications that can occur and how to prevent them. Penile adhesions are very common. Circed penises require much more care than a noncirced one, so it's not your fault your doctor didn't inform you on what to do. They should have gone over the course of care with you.
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Postby pinkbabydust » Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:15 pm

I just wanted to say that my step son was circumcised. Even at 3 years old we still had to pull it back and wash it well when we bathed him because it would start to stick or grow together. He eventually had to go and get it fixed, poor little guy. :cry: I think honestly, that it was not done correctly. But from what i understand, his father was never told to pull it back either, hence why it was growing together. Some people say not to, but I would just think that you wuold for a while anyway.

I'm sorry that this is happening to your little man and I hope you get it figured out.
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Postby CamsMommy » Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:33 pm

annabanana- I emailed my lo's pediatrician and she reassured me that all was ok. It is very common for this to happen this is what she wrote to me:

"It is very common for a little bit of the foreskin to re-adhere to the coronal ridge or head of a little boy's penis. This will fix on it's own as he has erection after erection (as all little boys do.) You can help by gently pulling back his foreskin with diaper changes but even this is not necessary. It is normal for little boys to have redundant foreskin - this is not noticeable later in life when their penis grows during puberty."

I hope that you get to see your doctor for your peace of mind.
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Postby BeccaM » Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:45 pm

We never touched the penis, other than to wipe or wash it. Never pulled any skin back. We had a very respected pediatrician at a highly rated hospital do the circ'ing, and he never told us to do anything to it? :dunno: Everything looks fine, no redness or swelling of any kind.
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Postby liciasBFPfeb3rd » Sat Mar 05, 2011 8:04 am

Hey girly!
I think that as your LO 'grows into his pee pee' the skin will automatically retracted. Kinda like a boy who has not been snipped. I never pull Isaiahs skin back.. When we are in the bath tub, i'll slighty pull it back to clean it, but never pull it all the way back.
If I were in your shoes, I wouldn't pull it back.
I hope everything works out! *hugs*
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Postby leahtill » Sat Mar 05, 2011 12:41 pm

I'm so sorry you are going through this. Try not to worry too much. I think with adequate care at home, it will start to look normal again. My son is circ'd. We were never told to do that either. A friend of mine has a son who is 9 months older than mine. She was never told to do it either and at his 6 month check up, his had adheared. Her doctor said she should have been doing it and pulled on the foreskin to unadhear it. Her sons bled and he screamed. When she told me about it later, my sons had already started to adhear too and it had a yucky ring of white gooey stuff in it. I asked my doc, she said, yes, it should be maintained. Since I have been doing that everyday, we haven't had any problems.

I think all doctors are different and just like all mothers have differences of opinion. IMO, pulling the foreskin back and cleaning it makes sense and seems to cause fewer problems in the long run.

I hope your lo can get his taken care easily.
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Postby lami » Sat Mar 05, 2011 1:41 pm

I wouldn't pull back on it either, it will correct itself if needed, any irritation could make things worse. When a baby is circ'd the cleaning is VERY minimal after they are healed. I have never pulled anything back with my son and he healed beautiful.
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