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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
The foreskin is the fold of skin that covers the tip of your child's penis. At birth, the foreskin sticks to the tip of the penis and cannot be pulled back. It should separate naturally and pull back from the tip of the penis when your child is about 3 years old.
Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.
- Bathe your child every day: Wash the outside of your child's penis with soap and water every day. Use only gentle soap.
- Do not force the foreskin to pull back: This may cause pain and lead to scarring.
- Clean under the foreskin once it has separated: Once the foreskin has separated from the tip of the penis, gently pull it back and wash this area with soap and water. Rinse the soap off and gently push back your child's foreskin to cover the tip of the penis.
- Teach your child how to bathe himself: When your child is old enough, teach him how to clean the area by himself. Tell him to let you know if he feels any itchiness or pain.
Contact your child's healthcare provider if:
- Your child has a fever.
- Your child has yellow discharge coming from his foreskin.
- Your child's foreskin looks red and swollen, or is painful when touched.
- Your child has pain while urinating.
- Your child urinates more frequently and in smaller amounts.
- You have questions about your child's condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- Your child's foreskin is stuck behind the tip of the penis.
- Your child's foreskin or penis swells up and his urine only comes out in drops.
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