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Cleaning foreskin - 3 year old.

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oldlaundbooth Wed 21-Sep-16 15:30:05

You have to clean under the foreskin, right?

DS's foreskin now pulls back (of his own doing) so to clean it we just pull back, quick wash and done?

dementedpixie Wed 21-Sep-16 18:17:58

He just needs to give it a swoosh in the water or a rinse under the shower water. Don't need to scrub or anything

SleepFreeZone Wed 21-Sep-16 18:19:20

Errm no, you leave your child's penis alone. There is no need to do anything to it unless instructed because of a medical reason confused

Jasonandyawegunorts Wed 21-Sep-16 18:20:42

You don't need to do anything with his foreskin. It doesn't need cleaning until he's sexually active.

dementedpixie Wed 21-Sep-16 18:20:43

I said he should do it, not anyone else. The owner is responsible for keeping it clean

Jasonandyawegunorts Wed 21-Sep-16 18:21:09

He shouldn't do anything.

dementedpixie Wed 21-Sep-16 18:21:14

It should be kept clean as part of general hygiene

Jasonandyawegunorts Wed 21-Sep-16 18:21:37

No it shouldn't

Jasonandyawegunorts Wed 21-Sep-16 18:22:02

Nothing needs to be done with it, leave it alone.

dementedpixie Wed 21-Sep-16 18:23:21 explains everything

dontpokethebear Wed 21-Sep-16 18:23:37

Leave it alone! It does not need washing until around puberty.

Jasonandyawegunorts Wed 21-Sep-16 18:23:52

It's self-cleaning until puberty. PLEASE leave it alone

SleepFreeZone Wed 21-Sep-16 18:23:59

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dementedpixie Wed 21-Sep-16 18:25:16

Just read the article. I'm not saying scrub it with soap and a sponge!

SleepFreeZone Wed 21-Sep-16 18:25:41

And that link basically reitterates to leave it alone hmm

Jasonandyawegunorts Wed 21-Sep-16 18:26:06

Leave it alone.

dontpokethebear Wed 21-Sep-16 18:26:32

The foreskin and penis of an infant or child need no special care. A child's foreskin should never be pulled back (retracted) by force.

That is quoted from your link demented.

SleepFreeZone Wed 21-Sep-16 18:26:36

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Jasonandyawegunorts Wed 21-Sep-16 18:27:01


the foreskin and penis of an infant or child need no special care

This is the second bullet point on the page you linked to.

dementedpixie Wed 21-Sep-16 18:27:13

Even this bit hmm

AdaLovelacesCat Wed 21-Sep-16 18:27:14

god it would not have crossed my mind to pull my kid's foreskin back. How utterly bizarre.

dementedpixie Wed 21-Sep-16 18:27:25

Once your son can pull back his foreskin, you can talk to him about pulling back his foreskin and washing. A simple explanation of 'how to' may be helpful:
gently slip your foreskin back
rinse the head of your penis and the inside fold of your foreskin with warm water
slip your foreskin back in place over the head of the penis
Tell him to make sure he rinses off any soap before pulling the foreskin back over the head of the penis.

5madthings Wed 21-Sep-16 18:27:48

Leave it be, just a swoosh in the bath is fine. Five boys here, leave foreskin alone.

Jasonandyawegunorts Wed 21-Sep-16 18:28:01


there is no need to clean inside the foreskin in young boys; just wash their penis the same as any other part of your son's body and be careful to wash off any soap

This is the 4th bullet point of the page you linked to.

dementedpixie Wed 21-Sep-16 18:28:16

I never said anyone else should touch it either.

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