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NOCIRC receives frequent questions from parents about the care of the intact penis.  Normal anatomical and physiological characteristics of the male foreskin have been misinterpreted as being abnormal.  The most common misconception is that the foreskin is completely retractable early in life and that complete retraction is necessary to keep the penis clean and prevent infection.

A non-retractable foreskin is normal in childhood and will become retractable at its own individual pace.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists all clearly state that no attempt should be made to forcibly retract the foreskin, especially on an infant. No manipulation or special care of the foreskin is required. There is no need for special cleansing with Q-tips, irrigation, or antiseptics; soap and water externally will suffice. This is common practice in non-circumcising countries.

Clean the infant penis like a finger. 

Premature (forced) retraction of the foreskin causes iatrogenic problems that can include infection, adhesions, and acquired phimosis (non-retractibility).  It causes pain and trauma to a child .

Please read our pamphlets:

  • #4 Answers To Your Questions About Your Young Son's Intact Penis  PDF

  • #6 Answers To Your Questions About Premature (Forcible) Retraction of Your Young Son's Foreskin  PDF

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