It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Rubber-band Man

Nigel and I have a conflict of interests at diaper time these days: I want to clean his parts; he wants to play with them.

He must be reading my email over my shoulder as I empty the spam, because he’s very concerned with the size of his parts. Specifically, the length.

I peel off the diaper, he reaches in, grabs the tip of that thing, and hauls north. Just hauls on it. The stretch is startling. Who knew? Thumb and finger delicately at the tip of the foreskin, they just about reach his navel when he’s done. Me, I think the boy is aiming for his chin.

He’s uncircumcized, as is standard around here. So, that little worry parents sometimes have about lesions forming in there? About a son who won’t, when the time comes, be able to retract the foreskin?* Not an issue.

So not an issue.

* Contrary to popular thought, a you need not – indeed, you should not – be peeling back the foreskin to clean underneath at this age. For most infants and toddlers, the foreskin is attached to the glans, and to pull it down will hurt and even in some cases, injure your boy. Generally, it can be retracted by age 5, but some boys are much later without it being a problem.

© 2006, Mary P

August 11, 2006 Posted by | health and safety, Nigel | 13 Comments