Posted by: AS | 2009/01/15


Genetal Question


When my son was born we were told not to touch his foreskin, as boys loosen the skin by " playing"  from the age of 2. My son is 3years old and the skin has not stretched. Every time he urinates the whole penis swells up. When he has finished urinating it " deflates"  again.

We have asked for advise from doctors and are now more confused than ever. One set say he needs an operation to stretch the skin, whilst a second will say we must leave it alone.

Could you please advise? What is really the truth?

Expert's Reply



It is difficult to be sure about the correct answer to your question. The fact that his foreskin swells up when he passes urine means that there is a very narrow passage for the urine to pass through. It does seem that the correct approach is to stretch the opening.The best expert to see is a paediatric urologist.

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Posted by: hi | 2009/01/19

Leave him be - all is fine and will resolve by itself.

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Posted by: NOCIRC | 2009/01/16

When boys are born, their foreskin and glans are ' fused'  to prevent foreign objects and debris entering between these 2 highly sensitive areas. (This is much the same as a puppies eyelids that are closed at birth - to protect the eyes)

As the child develops, the foreskin naturally separates from the glans, a process that can take up to 15 years.

Your son' s condition is called balooning and is being caused by his foreskin loosening from the glans and urine being trapped whilst your son goes.

This is perfectly normal and will resolve itself as the foreskin fully separates from the glans.

Provided your son is not experiencing any pain during urination, there is no need to concern yourself, OR do anything. Do not attempt to force the separation by pulling back his foreskin - this will only lead to damage - allow nature to take its course.

No stretching and no circumcision is required to correct this normal condition.

Google ' Normal development of the prepuce: Birth through age 18'  on for further information.

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