Friday, March 18, 2011

Caring For An Intact Penis

Since there seems to be so much MIS-INFORMATION on how to care for an intact penis, here's some instruction from the Canadian Paediatric Society:

And I quote:

Caring for an uncircumcised penis:

The foreskin covers the shaft and head (glans) of a boy’s penis. During the early years of a boy’s life, the foreskin separates from the glans. This is a natural process that occurs over time. You do not need to do anything to make it happen.

When the foreskin separates, it is said to be “retractable,” meaning it can be pulled back.

An uncircumcised penis is easy to keep clean and requires no special care:

•Keep your baby’s penis clean by gently washing the area during his bath. Do not try to pull back the foreskin. Usually, it is not fully retractable until a boy is 3 to 5 years old, or even until after puberty. Never force it. (Clean it like a finger, wipe and you're done.)

•When your son is old enough, teach him to keep his penis clean as you’re teaching him how to keep the rest of his body clean. (Some worry about their "dirty" teenager not properly caring for their intact penis...I ask you this; Have you ever had to tell your teenage son to touch his penis in the bath or shower? While he's at it, he can wipe it down.)

•When the foreskin separates, skin cells will be shed and new ones will develop to replace them. These dead skin cells will work their way down the penis through the tip of the foreskin and may look like white, cheesy lumps. These are called smegma. If you see them under the skin, you don’t need to force them out. Just wipe them away once they come out.

•When the foreskin is fully retractable, teach your son to wash underneath it each day.

It's as simple as it sounds. Keeping it clean will prevent infection...just like every other part of your son's body!!! It's not necessary to cut off anything to prevent a possible infection.

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