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Old 09-12-2016, 04:20 PM
 
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My son (11) has always had his privates parts checked by our pediatrician at his yearly check-up. At the end of a check-up, she'll take a quick look down the front of his boxers to see if hair has sprouted, then have him pull them down to his ankles and she checks for a hernia and pulls back his foreskin to make sure he's keeping it clean and it isn't too tight.

I've never had any problem with this, but I recently talked to my sister and she was shocked. She said her daughter (who's 14) never gets her privates looked at.

Is it normal for doctors to be checking all this? How much does your kids' pediatrician check?

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Old 09-12-2016, 04:38 PM
 
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Our doc takes a quick look. I doubt he is looking for hair, as he's been looking their entire lives.
 
Old 09-12-2016, 04:42 PM
 
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Our doc takes a quick look. I doubt he is looking for hair, as he's been looking their entire lives.
Just a look or touching as well?
 
Old 09-12-2016, 04:43 PM
 
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Just a look or touching as well?
Just look. No pants around the ankles.
 
Old 09-12-2016, 04:43 PM
 
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Yes, it is perfectly normal. At some point in their ages the Pediatrician would "ask me to look the other way". I could respect that.

Hmmmm, touching and pulling on the foreskin? If it was normal in his growing up years, I am sure that would not change. It is a no no for the doctor to be pulling it back. If your son is 11, it has probably by now retracted back. Not sure it is the doctor's job to be sure it is clean--does he check his underarms for cleanliness?!

It was my husband's job to have that discussion with his sons.
 
Old 09-12-2016, 04:45 PM
 
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Yes, very normal, and very important. Sadly now many pediatricians are hampered by either keyboard physician parents or paranoid parents who see a pedophile around every corner.


Usually in girls a look, in boys a touch to check on the testicles.
 
Old 09-12-2016, 04:54 PM
 
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Yes, it is perfectly normal. At some point in their ages the Pediatrician would "ask me to look the other way". I could respect that.

Hmmmm, touching and pulling on the foreskin? If it was normal in his growing up years, I am sure that would not change. It is a no no for the doctor to be pulling it back. If your son is 11, it has probably by now retracted back. Not sure it is the doctor's job to be sure it is clean--does he check his underarms for cleanliness?!

It was my husband's job to have that discussion with his sons.
It can tighten back up again after it's been retracted, which is what she's checking for.

And this is different because, if it isn't clean, it can pretty easily get infected.
 
Old 09-12-2016, 05:14 PM
 
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Yes, it is perfectly normal. At some point in their ages the Pediatrician would "ask me to look the other way". I could respect that.

Hmmmm, touching and pulling on the foreskin? If it was normal in his growing up years, I am sure that would not change. It is a no no for the doctor to be pulling it back. If your son is 11, it has probably by now retracted back. Not sure it is the doctor's job to be sure it is clean--does he check his underarms for cleanliness?!

It was my husband's job to have that discussion with his sons.
And just out of curiosity, what age did the doctor start asking you to look away? That still hasn't happened for me.
 
Old 09-12-2016, 05:39 PM
 
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When I worked at a peds office, at around age 13-14, the doc would ask the parent to leave and have a private conversation and examine the child in private, boys and girls.
 
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When I worked at a peds office, at around age 13-14, the doc would ask the parent to leave and have a private conversation and examine the child in private, boys and girls.
Was the exam she did as detailed as this?
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