DS is 5 months old and has just been diagnosed with Meatal Stenosis (i.e. his pee- hole is too small.) Here's a basic description from e-medicine.com: "After circumcision, a child who is not toilet trained persistently exposes the meatus (pee-hole) to urine, resulting in inflammation and mechanical trauma as the meatus rubs against a wet diaper. This causes the loss of the delicate epithelial lining of the distal urethra... Because this condition is exceedingly rare in children who are not circumcised, circumcision is believed to be the most important causative factor of meatal stenosis. "
He's been EC'd since 3 months, so when the pediatrician noticed the smaller than usual opening and asked me to describe his peeing habits, I was able to do so, which was great. However, if I had known that this sort of condition can result from a circumcised penis being in a wet diaper, I night have started ECing from birth- or at least kept DS without a diaper during the healing period after his brit milah.
I've never heard of this before, but it seems to be fairly common (one source said that 9-10% of circumcised males have been found to have meatal stenosis.) Has anyone had experience with this? Anyone know why no one seems to speak about it?
DS may have to undergo a minor surgical procedure down the line to make the opening larger, and I'd really appreciate hearing from any of you who may have gone through the same thing with your sons.
I haven't any experience, but what harm does this condition cause that it warrants surgery? Irritation? Pain? And if it's so common, why don't peds in frum communities discuss this with parents to help prevent?
I hope it all works out for you.
I wish I could be of help but I haven't heard of this before, either.
R'S to your baby!