Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Lin | 2010/03/30

Q.

4 year old son''s penis

My son turned 4 in December. When he was small I asked my paed how to clean and take care of his penis. She said to just leave it as it is self-cleansing and this the foreskin will move by itself - we shouldn''t move it.
Well, now his skin still doesn''t open and it can''t be moved. The tip is red, but there''s no infection. Every now and then he complains that it''s sore.
Is there any cause for concern?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Your paediatrician is correct, there is no need to pull up your son's forskin. As long as he is able to pass urine normally there is no need for concern. The fact that the tip may be a bit red is also normal.

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Posted by: nats | 2010/04/01

It''s best to rather circumcise your son. The foreskin does not always move away and there is alot of bacteria underneath it.
If you go to a urologist they can to it for you in hospital.
I have 3 boys and all 3 are circumcised. The best choice ever.
Think about it.

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Posted by: sweetpea | 2010/04/01

hi, I was quite the opposite. when i had my son the hospital staff showed me exaclty how to clean his penis but applying a bit of vaseline - uncented and slowy day by day pulling it a bit backward, untill we could completely pull back the foreskin. he is now 3yrs old and i have never had any issues with this, never complained about pain or anything of the sort.

when he baths at night he even knows how to clean it himself.

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Posted by: sweetpea | 2010/04/01

hi, I was quite the opposite. when i had my son the hospital staff showed me exaclty how to clean his penis but applying a bit of vaseline - uncented and slowy day by day pulling it a bit backward, untill we could completely pull back the foreskin. he is now 3yrs old and i have never had any issues with this, never complained about pain or anything of the sort.

when he baths at night he even knows how to clean it himself.

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Posted by: lee | 2010/03/31

Hi,

My son is 5 and needs to see an urologist (as per the internet pead and his own pead). Sometimes it is necesarry to " help"  the foreskin along, especially if his tube is very narrow. You can use bactroban cream on his penis, but he should really see an urologist just to be on the safe side... my son also complains now and again of a sore penis, but he doesn''t have infection.

Good luck :-)

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Posted by: Frank | 2010/03/30

Hi,
Your son''s penis is perfectly normal - there is no need for concern.
the foreskin and glans can take up to the age of 16 to fully separate.
The redness you see is the healthy glans.
Do not retract the foreskin as this can lead to damage - it will separate on it''s own when your son''s body is ready to do so.

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