Penis Care Of Your Newborn

Jun 02, 2011 No Comments by

At birth, the foreskin is firmly attached to the glans (the rounded end of the penis). Over time in an uncircumcised penis, foreskin and glans begin to separate, as cells are shed from the surface of each layer. The discarded cells, which are replaced throughout life, accumulate as whitish, cheesy ‘pearls’ that gradually work their ways out via the tip of the foreskin.

Usually by the end of the second year for nine out of ten uncircumcised boys, but sometimes not until they are five, ten or more years old, foreskin and glans become fully separated. At this point the opening is sufficiently large that the foreskin can be pushed back, or retracted, uncovering the glans.

  1. Care of the uncircumcised penis. Contrary to what was once believed, no special care is needed for the uncircumcised penis in infancy—soap and water, applied externally, just as the rest of the body is washed, will keep it clean. Not only is it unnecessary to try to forcibly retract the foreskin, or clean under it with cotton swabs, irrigation or antiseptics—it can also actually be harmful. Once the foreskin has clearly separated, you can retract it occasionally and clean under it. By the age of puberty most foreskins will be retractable, and at that time a boy can learn to retract his and clean under it himself.
  2. Care of the circumcised penis. The only care the circumcised penis will ever need, once the incision is healed, is ordinary washing with soap and water.

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