Childhood Diseases

Posted by: SC | 2010-07-12



Hi Dr, I am a little bit concerned over my baby boy, he is 21 months now, and I have noticed that his foreskin of his penis is a little red, and it didn''t pulled back as yet, when will it pull back, because some people says you have to pull it back when they are still babies, but I have tried months ago, but I couldn''t, now I am concerned that it wont pull back and that he can have infections, he says sometimes eina when he touch there.

Expert's Reply



There is no need to pull your son's foreskin back. The appearance of the tip of his penis is probably normal.As long as he is able to pass urine normally there should be no need for you to be worried about him.Just clean his penis in the normal way when he is bathing. Wash with a soft cloth and a little soap.

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Posted by: Frank | 2010-07-12

There is no need to retract your son'' foreskin. It is currently fused to the glans to protect the glans from foreign bodies entering, Retracting it could cause tearing and scarring which will lead to problems later in life.
The foreskin will naturally separate as your son develops, this normally occurs around ages 3 to 14.
It is unlikely that your son will develop an infection as the foreskin is a self cleaning system. Every time your son urinates, he flushes out any irritants that could cause infections.
The slight redness could be normal as the foreskin has a highly developed vascular system. It is also sometimes irritated by diapers and soap from washing. Avoid using soap, or retracting it when you wash him, simply wipe downwards as you would a finger.

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