Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Seths mom | 2012-08-04


Do you have to retract foreskin?


I have a 10 month old baby-boy. He is my first son, and I we did not have him circumsized. A mom at his creche said that her 10 month old sons foreskin can be retracted but my sons cannot.

He seems to have a small pinhole sized hole in his foreskin, he has never had any problems urinating (no ballooning or anything). The other mom said I will have to have him circumsized or I will have to pull it back a little at every nappy change.

Well, unless it is necessary I will not have him circumsized and I refuse to forcably retract it - it sounds barbaric!

Am I supposed to do this? Doesnt it retract on its own? How do I recognize if there is a problem?

Expert's Reply



You certainly do not need to retract your son's foreskin. This is not necessary. In addition he is passing urine normally.

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Posted by: Anon | 2012-08-08

Perhaps you should check your facts - that is only after puberty, when the foreskin can be fully retracted and cleaned.

A baby''s foreskin does not need to be retracted and it is self cleaning.

Before getting on your high horse, you should read up a little bit.

Reply to Anon
Posted by: Chris | 2012-08-07

No I dont, I am circumcised.

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Posted by: Ann | 2012-08-06

I have a son that we had circumcised after birth. Never had any issues at all. I somewhat agree with Anon, a penis is not self cleaning and that retracting a foreskin does not cause infection. My nephew had nothing but problems with his foreskin until my sister had him circumcised at 2 years of age. Never a problem since. People are so hung up about a foreskin and there are way more posts that people are asking for advice or complaining about foreskins. You need to do some research from true medical websites on the real benefits of circumcision, not the so called expert sites that claim a bunch of BS about circumcision and how great foreskins are. Just a bunch of lies.

I would say, have him circumcised and be done with it. Its a great improvement for his life and his future partner as well and much cleaner and less likely to have any issues.

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Posted by: Anon | 2012-08-06

Purple, An uncircumcised penis is NOT self cleaning. Please check your facts again. Uncircumcised penises produce smegma, a smelly cheese-like substance from the inner foreskin from birth on. Your statement: "  If you retract it, it will tear and then infection can set in and yes, then he may need to be circmcised."  is a blatant lie!!!!

Seth''s mom: Circumcision has way more benefits than being uncircumcised. You would not be having this discussion, listening to intactivist crap about how wonderful a foreskin is if your son was circumcised. His life would be much better and you would have no more worries about a piece of skin that creates more problems in boys and men than is ever reported statistically. How about you Google and read about exactly HOW HIV enters the male genitals through the inner moist foreskin. Do you want that to happen to your son someday because you as a mother were afraid to have him circumcised to lower his chances from being infected with HIV?? You cant pick his sexual partners, but you are clearly standing on a soapbox telling the world you wont have your son circumcised, but are very willing to have a future girlfriend or lover make that decision for him when she refuses him sex because he is more likely to infect her should he have picked up a disease and when his foreskin rolls back over his glans, the real infection through sexual transmission has started taking place. More women than you think have turned a man down for sex because he has a rumpled foreskin on his penis and in a moment of passion she roles it back and the smegma odour hits her between the eyes like a sucker punch and she sends him on his way. Do you really want that to happen to your son someday?? Get him circumcised and you can both not have to worry about any issues in the future. His life will be better for it!

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Posted by: Purple | 2012-08-06

An uncurcumcised penis doesn''t need any special care. It is self cleaning like a vagina.

If you retract it, it will tear and then infection can set in and yes, then he may need to be circmcised.

You just wash the area as for any other body part.

When he is somewhere between 4 and 6 it will begin to retract and at some point thereafter it will fully retract. When it can fully retract, when your son is washing he can gently pull it back and rinse the area with plain water when he showers.

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Posted by: Liz | 2012-08-04

As far as I know foreskins only retract at 4-6 years? My son is 2 and his does not retract yet. U shouldn''t retract it.

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