Childhood Diseases

Posted by: SUE | 2009/03/26




My 4 year old son has a problem with his foreskin. It does not move all the way back to reveal the head of the penis. We chose not to circumcise him. I noticed this problem and asked my GP for advise. She said its nothing serious and during bath time gently pull the skin back. But the situation has not improved. My son pulls as much as he can then says that it burns. The head of the penis is barely visible. I do not want him to get a circumcision, but if this is the only option...Should i take him to a urologist, or should i wait a few more years. Thank you.

Expert's Reply



This is not a problem at all as long as he can pass urine normally. Do not pull his foreskin back. Leave it alone and when you bath him just wash his penis gently with a soft cloth.

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Posted by: Anon | 2009/03/28

Sue, the problem your son has will be rectified by circumcision. Please note the stats posted above by the foreskin fetish NOCIRC intactivists. Please note that even at 17 years of age 5% of men still have foreskin problems. Do you want your son to be in that group??? This is self admittance that what your son has now, has a great likelyhood that he will continue to have foreskin problems. Why dont you want him to have a trouble free life being circumcised?? He will be much better off, much better looking and functioning penis, much healthier, and way less likely to contract STDs or HIV. Dont you want the best for your son?? If you do, then put his pain, problems and embarrassment to an end for good. Get him circumcised. I have been there and been through that and can tell you that circumcision was the best thing that happened to me all round, especially when I was sexually active. The pain and embarrassment I went through while my foreskin was yanked on and stretched and the creams and BS associated with that. Thank goodness, I was circumcised. It put an end TO ALL PROBLEMS and gave me a normal life, but an excellent sex life. So if you love your son, then have him circumcised and give him a healthy life without you or anyone else having to touch and tug on his penis. The NOCIRC guys want you to continue doing that and putting him through pain and embarrassment in the doctors office, because many of them have had to endure that too and don' t want anyone to have a great sex life because they have been deprived so its their mission to have everyone around them suffer. Besides, they have no experience with circumcision or its benefits and don' t want you to know that either. Do what is right and get him circumcised.. He will thank you someday for doing what is right for him. My parents did it for me and for that I am very thankful!

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Posted by: NOCIRC-SA | 2009/03/26

Full separation of the foreskin from the glans can take up to 17 years to occur. Generally speaking the following trends have been identified:
- 23 percent by age 7
- 34 percent by age 9
- 44 percent by age 11
- 60 percent by age 13
- 85 percent by age 15
- 95 percent by age 17.

Try not to pull back the foreskin as this can lead to damage being caused which may lead to problems in the future. Simply check it gently every so often just to make sure things are all ok.

There is no need for surgical intervention at this point in time.

You can find more info on the normal development of the FS at

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