If NOT, try one of these:


Types of Foreskin Retraction Problems

When to Call for Foreskin Care Questions

Call Doctor Now or Go to ER

  • Severe pain
  • Red foreskin with fever
  • Your child looks or acts very sick
  • You think your child needs to be seen, and the problem is urgent

Call Doctor Within 24 Hours

  • Red foreskin, but no fever
  • Swollen foreskin
  • Pus from end of foreskin
  • Painful foreskin
  • You think your child needs to be seen, but the problem is not urgent

Call Doctor During Office Hours

  • Urine stream looks abnormal
  • You have other questions or concerns

Self Care at Home

  • Normal foreskin care, questions about
  • Foreskin retraction, questions about
  • Smegma (whitish material) under the foreskin, questions about

Call Doctor Now or Go to ER

Call Doctor Within 24 Hours

Call Doctor During Office Hours

Self Care at Home


Care Advice for Foreskin Care

  1. What You Should Know About the Foreskin:
  2. Before Age 1 Year - How to Clean:
  3. After Age 1 Year - How to Clean:
  4. Foreskin Partial Retraction - How to:
  5. Reposition the Foreskin:
  6. Avoid Forceful Retraction:
  7. Teach Child to Retract (Age 6):
  8. Pain Following Recent Attempt at Retraction:
  9. Smegma - General Information:
  10. Call Your Doctor If:

And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the 'Call Your Doctor' symptoms.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.


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