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Foreskin care

If you have chosen not to have your baby boy circumcised, his penis needs no special care.

Simply wash the genital area with soap and water at bath time. Do not force the foreskin back. This can cause bleeding, pain and possible scarring.

As he grows, the foreskin will loosen on its own. This can take three or more years. As your son grows and the foreskin can be pulled back, he can then be taught how to care for his penis.


Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition

To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."

First published: 02/01/2010
Last updated: 01/01/2014

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic