arg! I have a friend who chose to keep her son intact/uncircumcised. This is great! However, her son’s Dr told her to pull the skin back or retract the foreskin once he turned 2 yrs old. He is now almost 5 yrs old and is still non-retractable and the Dr has told her he may need a partial circumcision! AHHHHH!!
A boy’s foreskin is FUSED/ATTACHED to the glans/head of the penis at birth. The time frame varies from boy to boy when the natural separation occurs. In some boys from birth the foreskin is retractable and in others it becomes retractable at 2-3 yrs old but rarely, some men are never retractable and never have a problem. As long as urination, erections and [eventually] sex are not painful and infections are not occurring then surgery/amputation/circumcision is not necessary on a minor or even an adult. If the person with the non-retractable foreskin chooses as an adult to get circumcised because of a medical condition or because of sexual preference, that is fine. It is his right to choose.
I understand that sometimes there is a true medical need. I would not deny surgery, even circumcision of a minor if it was necessary. However, so many parents and doctors don’t know the correct and proper care of the intact penis and they circumcise the child based on bad information.
I cannot control what my friend does. Maybe a partial circ is better for her son. Who knows? I can only provide her with the info and pray for her and her son.
an informative blog article I like on this topic: peaceful parenting: The Phony Phimosis Diagnosis :http://www.drmomma.org/2010/01/phony-phimosis-diagnosis.html
warning this link contains pictures of healthy and unhealthy infant genitals