With circumcision rates in recession, many parents are wondering what it means to be uncircumcised. An uncircumcised penis is the natural default state, present at birth, with the foreskin intact. Circumcision removes the foreskin and is performed for various cultural reasons in newborns and as a treatment for some conditions in boys and older men.
Many times, once parents make the decision not to circumcise their child, they do not know what to do with their son’s uncircumcised penis. Parents and their children have often heard confusing, conflicting, or simply incorrect information. how to take care of the uncircumcised penis . Let’s be clear about what is normal, what is a problem and what is an emergency.
When a male child is born, his penis still has a protective layer of skin on his head (glans). This layer is called the «foreskin» or «foreskin». At birth, the foreskin is still attached to the head of the penis.
This is completely normal and does not mean that something is wrong. As the boy grows, the foreskin begins to separate naturally from the head of the penis (retraction).
As the foreskin begins to recede, a white material sometimes accumulates under the foreskin. The material, called «smegma», is made up of skin cells that are discarded during the separation process.
Sometimes the smegma can turn into pearl-like white swellings. Although either can look like an infection or a cyst, both are completely normal. .
Prepositions should not be forced
Parents are often worried that the foreskin will not separate quickly enough and will make the mistake of pulling it to «weaken» its head.
Never pull hard on the foreskin to separate it from the tip of the penis.
In addition to pain and bleeding, the trauma of pulling the foreskin can cause the formation of a kind of scar tissue between the foreskin and the head of the penis. This scar tissue can interfere with normal and natural separation.
Basically you create a permanent problem by forcing your foreskin back, rather than letting nature take its course. Usually, the foreskin is not completely separated from the head of the penis so far puberty , although it sometimes occurs in children up to 5 years of age.
Uncircumcised penis care
The best advice for parents is to encourage your son to keep the outside of his penis clean. When it comes to cleaning the foreskin, the American Academy of Pediatrics says that an occasional retreat with a cleaning underneath is enough for boys who have not reached puberty.
No special cleaning is required. Simply remove the foreskin from the end of the penis as comfortably as possible, wash the head of the penis and the inner fold of the foreskin and rinse well with water (soap can irritate the sensitive skin on the head of the penis).
Then place the foreskin over the penis. Once puberty begins, boys should clean under the foreskin as part of their daily routine.
When to call the doctor
If yours the son reached puberty and the foreskin is still attached to the head penis , it may be time to call pediatrician or family health care provider. Your supplier may prescribe a steroid cream that can speed up the separation process. It is a simple treatment that gives good results.
If the foreskin looks red and / or swollen, or it hurts your son to urinate, he may have a foreskin infection or a urinary tract infection. It is important for a provider to treat this infection as it can get worse without treatment.
If the foreskin does not retract at all, the foreskin can still be attached to the head of the penis, which may be normal depending on the age of the baby. Also, the end of the foreskin may become too tight to return over the head of the penis. These problems, called phimosis, can also be treated by your supplier with a steroid cream or, if necessary, by circumcision, depending on the situation.
Paraphimosis is another problem that is an emergency. With paraphimosis, the foreskin was pushed back over the head of the penis, but it locks behind the head so that it cannot be pulled back over the glans.
This can be quite painful and tight skin can begin to interrupt the normal flow of blood to the head of the penis. If your child has this problem, it is important to see a doctor immediately.
If your doctor is not available immediately, you will need to go to the emergency room. With some lubrication, a provider can help you bring the foreskin back to the head of the penis or sometimes an emergency circumcision is needed.