We are searching data for your request:
Upon completion, a link will appear to access the found materials.
How to clean your baby's penis
In the first few years of your son's life, while the foreskin is still attached, you can simply clean the outside of his uncircumcised penis with ordinary soap and water at bath time, or with a wipe when you change his diaper.
Some experienced parents offer this advice to new moms and dads: Clean your baby's penis as you would a finger and only "clean what is seen." In other words, don't try to clean under the foreskin, a fold of skin that covers the head of the penis.
In uncircumcised baby boys, the entire foreskin is attached to the head of the penis and can't be pulled back ("retracted"). It usually remains that way for years before separating naturally. Forcing it to retract sooner can cause pain and bleeding, or even damage the penis and cause scarring.
How and when the foreskin separates
Eventually, the foreskin separates from the head of the penis, remaining attached only at the base of the head. At that point, it can be rolled back over the base to reveal the head.
This separation happens for about half of boys by age 5, but for some, it doesn't happen until the teenage years. The foreskin may separate from the head gradually – over months or years – or within just a few weeks.
At well-child visits, your child's doctor might check on the status of the separation by gently pulling back on the foreskin or asking your child to, if he's old enough and willing. You can check it yourself once in a while during diaper changes, or ask your child to check it himself in the bath.
Penis cleaning once the foreskin starts to separate
Once the foreskin begins to separate from the head of the penis, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you or your child occasionally retract the foreskin and clean underneath.
Dead skin cells accumulate under the foreskin, creating a cheesy white substance called smegma. This is perfectly normal. But an occasional cleaning helps prevent infection and inflammation.
While your son is young, you may be the one to clean his penis for him at bath time: Gently pull the foreskin back as far as it will go and wash the head of the penis – as well as the inside of the foreskin – with soap and warm water. (Boys typically enjoy playing with their penis in the bath and are often happy to take on this task themselves.)
Rinse well and then gently pull the foreskin back over the head of the penis (or check that your son has done so). This step is important: If the foreskin isn't moved back over the head, it can get stuck in the retracted position and require medical attention.
When to call the doctor
Call your child's doctor if:
- You notice that urine is coming out in only a trickle.
- The foreskin balloons out during urination.
- The foreskin becomes red, itchy, or swollen.
- The foreskin gets stuck in the retracted position.