Here are facts about taking care of your son’s uncircumcised penis, plus find out when to call a doctor about issues.
As the prevalence of circumcision declines, more parents are beginning to ponder what it means to have their child born without circumcision. At birth, the foreskin remains intact, and the penis is uncircumcised. The foreskin is removed during circumcision, performed on infants for many cultural reasons, and on older boys and men as a therapy for specific illnesses.
When parents decide not to circumcise their sons, they frequently have no idea what to do with the penis that remains after the procedure. When caring for an uncircumcised penis, many fathers and their sons have been given conflicting, misleading, or downright incorrect information. As a first step, we need to clarify exactly what constitutes a health emergency and what constitutes a concern.
Penis Without a Scar
A protective skin covering covers the top of a male child’s penis after birth (glans). Prepuce or “foreskin” are both terms for this layer. If you look closely, you’ll see that the head of the penis has a foreskin attached to it.
It’s perfectly typical for this to happen. After a certain age, the foreskin and penis begin to naturally separate (retract).
When the foreskin begins to retract, a white, cheesy substance may accumulate behind the foreskin. Skin cells shed during the separating process are used to create a sense known as “smegma.”
Smegma may form white pearl-like lumps at times. Both are pretty normal, although they may resemble an infection or a cyst at first glance.
Forced Removal Of Foreskins Is Unethical
In an attempt to “loosen” the foreskin from the head because they are worried that the separation is taking too long, parents frequently pull on the foreskin.
The foreskin should never be yanked away from the penis tip with excessive force.
When the foreskin is pulled too hard, scar tissue can grow between the foreskin and the penis’s head. This scar tissue can be uncomfortable and painful. Having scar tissue in the area can make it difficult to separate normally.
Forcing the foreskin back creates a long-term issue rather than allowing nature to take its course. Although it can happen as early as age 5, the foreskin normally does not entirely separate from the penis’ head until puberty.
Care for Men with Uncircumcised Penis
The best suggestion for parents in taking care of their son’s uncircumcised penis is to maintain his penis clean on the outside. For males who have not yet reached puberty, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends only an occasional retraction with scrubbing underneath when it comes to foreskin cleansing.
This doesn’t necessitate any additional scrubbing. As far as is comfortable, pull the foreskin back away from the end of the penis while washing and rinsing thoroughly with water (soap can irritate the sensitive skin on the head of the penis).
Next, bring the foreskin back up over the penis and secure it. Boys should begin daily cleaning of the area beneath their foreskin as soon as they reach puberty.
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