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|Sun, 08-05-2012 - 11:31pm|
This is a subject that arises from time to time, causing concern among parents with intact boys. As some (many?) of us know, it's almost always nothing to worry about at all!
I must make it clear that I'm English and because we don't routinely circumcise our boys this phenomenon is something we are not unfamiliar with. I have little doubt the subject has been discussed before somewhere in iVillage among American parents, but it's pertinent to the issue of intact care when boys learn to pee standing up.
'Ballooning' is the term used when boys urinate and the flow is momentarily trapped within the foreskin. The skin's elastic nature causes it to swell before the urine is released in a sudden, forceful stream which he cannot control. His attempt to 'aim' is compromised and the result I leave to your imagination!
Yet this is nothing more than nature's way of finally separating the foreskin from the glans and stretching the foreskin at its tip to encompass a growing penis.
My eldest daughter came to me, very concerned about her older son and his ballooning. She was a student nurse at the time and had been required to attend the circumcision of a boy only a year older than hers. She was horrified by the procedure and immediately thought her son's 'problem' would mean he would have to be circumcised. Needless to say, I assured her he would be fine - and explained why.
But this incident struck me as an example of why some American parents who left their boys intact at birth may be as concerned as my daughter was that their decision was not the right one. It was easy for me to convince my daughter: she lives in a world of intact males. Not so Americans.