Decomposition in babies can become a problem when parents rush or force the phenomenon, which happens naturally, at the right age. The descaling can be an option in the case of phimosis, but it is obligatory to consult a specialist.
The descaling implies the action by which the foreskin of a sexually immature boy is withdrawn in a forced and premature manner. If the foreskin is too tight (phimosis), some doctors recommend gradual descaling over time.
At first, the foreskin is attached to the penile gland, just as the nail is attached to the finger. However, this changes over time, with the genital development, because in the first years of life decalotation is not necessary.
Too late or too early?
There is no predetermined age at which the development of the penis is complete so that the foreskin separates from the glans, but it is indicated that as the phenomenon is delayed, you should go to the doctor for checks and advice.
There are also cases in which boys are born with the fully retractable foreskin or become so in the first years of life, as in girls it can happen to be born without hymen or to break them spontaneously in the first years of life.
The effects of devaluation in babies
The descaling is approached as a solution for phimosis, but phimosis is physiological and natural up to an age, and the forced descaling has the following effects:
- Poor hygiene;
- Allowing access to pathogenic factors;
- Production of damage to erogenous tissue in development;
- Destruction of natural physiological development.
Made in a forced way, the descaling is more dangerous than beneficial. The physiological phimosis (the normal state of the foreskin, covering the penile gland) does not allow access to pathogenic factors, and the early withdrawal of the foreskin prevents the formation of smegma, the whitish substance secreted by the foreskin with the purpose of:
- protection against infections;
- protection against pathogens, through the content of antibodies;
- hydration of the gland, through the content of emollients.
Excess of this substance is removed with plenty of water and soap is not recommended. The accumulation of smegma does not represent a deficiency of hygiene, but a normal factor, as it happens with the wax in the ears: it is cleaned when it is in excess, because a minimum of wax provides protection.
The risks of devaluation in babies
Forcing the descaling can lead to tissue breakdown and, if tissue damage is very serious, circumcision may be required. Risks include:
- Erectile dysfunction;
The opinions of the specialists
"In infants and young children, the preputial orifice is narrowed physiologically and if local inflammatory phenomena do not occur, until the age of 2 years, it will progressively dilate as the child grows, allowing easy descaling later.
In the absence of local infections or urinary disorders, phimosis is considered physiological for up to 2 years; only if after the age of 2 years the impossibility of decalcation of the glans persists, then it is considered to be pathological phimosis and circumcision is indicated.
But this is a controversial topic: doctors' opinions differ greatly depending on their religious beliefs, traditions existing in a geographical area or in a certain period of time, as well as on various medical documentation sources. For Jews and Arabs, religion requires mandatory circumcision.
In our country, there are still many doctors who recommend early descaling. In other countries, however, it is not recommended to switch off until the age of 2 years, if there are certain local changes (infections or urinary disorders) - a concept that has become increasingly popular in recent years and in our country.
If the descaling did not go brutal and was not followed by local injuries or infections, then you did no harm to him; the decision to stop or continue the descaling following your doctor's instructions will be yours.
It is good to know, however, that in the case of some brutal descaling, local cracks may occur which, besides the risk of bleeding and infections, also presents the risk of stenosis scarring that can lead to the installation of phimosis; there is also the risk of parafimosis - a complication of phimosis, which consists in the impossibility of recalculation after a forced descaling, when the ring of the foreskin passes over the glans and compresses it
Precisely these risks are the basis of the new conservative attitudes, which considers the early decalotation as an unjustified exposure to these risks, given that for most children after the age of 2 years, the decalotation is easy.
Regardless of what attitude you will continue to adopt, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any local inflammation, cracking or bleeding after descaling or if urinary difficulties or changes in your urinary tract appear. "
What do moms say about baby breakdown?
There is an equal relationship between the mothers who are pro and those who are against the devaluation in babies. The latter are afraid to change the natural course of things, because I know that in time the devaluation is made naturally, during the development of the genital organs.
The other moms who are pro are rather afraid of phimosis and I think it is best to act early so as not to expose the child to a possible traumatic experience at older ages.
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