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My baby boy is uncircumcised. What are tips for caring for his penis?

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If your baby wasn't circumcised, meaning you didn’t remove the skin at the head of his penis, you don’t have to do any special cleaning. Just wipe the area during diaper changes and rinse with warm, soapy water at bath time.

Don’t pull down the foreskin. It’s fused to the head of the penis, and forcing it back can hurt. Your doctor can let you know when the skin has separated, which won’t happen until he’s 3-5 years old. Then, you can teach your son to regularly wash the area underneath.

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Newborn Circumcision.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Care for an Uncircumcised Penis,” “What Is Circumcision,” “Caring for Your Son’s Penis.”

Ari Brown, MD, pediatrician, American Academy of Pediatrics spokeswoman, Austin, TX.

Mayo Clinic: “Circumcision (Male).”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Newborn Circumcision.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Care for an Uncircumcised Penis,” “What Is Circumcision,” “Caring for Your Son’s Penis.”

Ari Brown, MD, pediatrician, American Academy of Pediatrics spokeswoman, Austin, TX.

Mayo Clinic: “Circumcision (Male).”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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