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Urinary and Genital Disorders (Children)

Problem with male repro. hygiene common?



My son is 3 and uncircumcised. When he was younger we had no problem with hygiene. But now he strongly resists us retracting his foreskin to clean it, as if it`s uncomfortable. We give him the option to do it himself, but he refuses. Is this a common problem? Is it possible that it really does hurt him to retract his foreskin?


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Yes, it may be difficult to clean if his foreskin is tight and does not retract easily. For now, I would just clean what is easy to see and avoid soap around the tip of the penis.

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Jack S Elder, MD, FACS, FAAP Jack S Elder, MD, FACS, FAAP
Clinical Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University