It's important to keep your son's penis clean
whether he has been circumcised or not. Keeping your
young son's penis clean may help prevent infections and other problems. As your
son gets older, teach him how to wash and care for his penis.
Cleaning a natural penis
Do not force the foreskin back over the tip of the penis. At first, a baby's foreskin can't be pulled back (retracted) over the head of the penis. After the first few years of life (though it may take
somewhat longer), the foreskin will gradually retract more easily. By the time
a boy is 5 years old, his foreskin is usually fully retractable. Up to this time, wash
the outside of the penis with warm water. Pushing your son's foreskin back
too early can damage it and cause scar tissue to form.
foreskin is easy to retract, clean under it daily. To clean under the
foreskin, gently push it as far as possible toward the body. Carefully wash the
entire area with warm water. Then replace
the foreskin over the head of the penis.
A boy as young as 3 can
be taught to clean under his foreskin as a normal part of his hygiene. When a boy reaches puberty, he
needs to clean under his foreskin every day.
If your son's
foreskin does not fully retract by the time he reaches puberty, call your
doctor for advice.
Elder JS (2011). Anomalies of the penis and urethra. In RM Kliegman et al., eds., Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 19th ed., pp. 1852-1858. Philadelphia: Saunders.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine