Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Landi | 2008/07/17

Q.

FORESKIN

I want to know if it`s necessary to pull back a todlers foreskin of his penis. He`s not having any problems with urinating and he`s not having any infections. I`m concerned because my mother-in-law to be is telling me the whole time that I`m supposed to pull back his foreskin otherwise the skin will grow onto the penis and he will have to be curcumcised. Please help.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

There is no need to pull back the foreskin.Just wash gently using a soft wash cloth.

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Posted by: landi | 2008/07/18

BMJ, thank you very much for your advice, and thanx to you too Pead, now I have peace of mind.

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Posted by: BMJ | 2008/07/17

Landi, can he pull the skin back a little bit himself - so that you can just just see the penis sticking out in front? When he baths next, tell him to pull back the skin and wash away the ' little baby cells'  (that is what I call the dirt under the foreskin, they want to be big boys and wash away the old baby cells their body does not need). I dont think it is a problem, he has just turned 3. For peace of mind lets just see what the doc confirms.

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Posted by: landi | 2008/07/17

BMJ, my son turned 3 in May 2008, should I worry?

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Posted by: BMJ | 2008/07/17

Landi, tell your MIL that you will hurt/damage your son' s foreskin if you try and pull it back. Ihave 3 sons and my paed has assured me more than once that we must just leave the foreskin alone. As they grow older and they wee/bath, they automatically pull the skin bcak themselves. You only need to worry about the skin not pulling back if your son is older than 3 and he cant pull back the skin himself.

I am sure the paed will confirm this.

Now that the 2 older sons can pull their skin back, they want to ' show'  me all the time. LOL

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