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It's important to keep your son's penis clean
whether he has been circumcised or not. Keeping your
young son's penis clean may help prevent infections and other problems. As your
son gets older, teach him how to wash and care for his penis.
Do not force the foreskin back over the tip of the penis. At first, a baby's foreskin may be difficult to pull back over
the tip of the penis. After the first few years of life (though it may take
somewhat longer), the foreskin will gradually retract more easily. By the time
a boy is 5 years old, his foreskin is usually fully retractable. Up to this time, wash
the outside of the penis with soap and water. Pushing your son's foreskin back
too early can damage it and cause scar tissue to form.
foreskin is easy to retract, clean under it regularly. To clean under the
foreskin, gently push it as far as possible toward the body. Carefully wash the
entire area with soap and water. When the area is cleaned and rinsed, replace
the foreskin over the head of the penis.
A boy as young as 3 can
be taught to clean under his foreskin as a normal part of his hygiene. Before
puberty, occasional cleaning is recommended. When a boy reaches puberty, he
needs to clean under his foreskin every day.
If your son's
foreskin does not fully retract by the time he reaches puberty, call your
doctor for advice.
Other Works Consulted
Elder JS (2011). Anomalies of the penis and urethra. In RM Kliegman et al., eds., Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 19th ed., pp. 1852–1858. Philadelphia: Saunders.
Miller JP, Black TL (2006). Phimosis and paraphimosis. In MR Dambro, ed., Griffith's 5-Minute Clinical Consult, pp. 838–839. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
January 26, 2012
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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