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my little boy is 3 yrs and his foreskin does not go back over the end of his penis at all, is this normal?

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Hi! By the age three, most boys should be able to retract their foreskin. However, in some boys it may take longer than that. It is important to see what the problem appears to be. Is the opening too narrow, so that it can’t be retracted? Some parents start retracting the boys’ foreskin when they are little, so that it wouldn’t get stuck. This shouldn’t be dome forcefully as more damage could be done to the foreskin like scarring.

If his opening is to narrow, you should try retracting it. If it doesn’t go, let it be and see a pediatrician. They will be able to give you all the further instruction. If your soon has congenital phimosis, a doctor may prescribe a corticosteroid to help it stretch. Don’t do anything on your own until you have been given the instruction based on the individual case of your son.

In some cases, congenital phimosis resolves spontaneously after the age of four. However, it is impossible to tell when and if this would occur.
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You also forgot to talk about the fact that most boys are born with their foreskin stuck to the head of the penis. It is sort of glued together. This gets unstuck over time. Some pediatricians force the skin back but i wouldnt recommend this because it might cause scarring. Try soaking it a little and then trying to pull the skin back little by little. This might take some time. Sometimes it just gets unstuck when boys start masturbating.
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Never ever retract your son's foreskin. The only person to retract his skin should be HIM. It's fully normal for it to be attached up until the age of 12! Retracting it early can cause adhesions and other complications. Best thing to do is just leave it alone.
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Ladies, please, if you need to fiddle with penises, restrict it to your partner/lover's penis and leave the kid's penis alone. Let HIM wash it HIMSELF, and NO SOAP, just fresh water, under the shower rather than in a bath if he can wash himself properly; you could use a face-washer (towel fabric) to clean his face, ears, neck, knees and feet during a break out of the shower, but go easy on the soap around the genitals and anus, as soap removes the natural oils that lubricate and protect sensitive areas.

Given time and self examination/exploration, he will learn to retract his foreskin as it frees up. He is the best judge of how to look after his own body, so let him do so.
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I tend to disagree with this. He's three years old, and he does not know what's best. Now I can tell you that the mother may not know either but I think the child is not old enough to know how to take care of his own body. It's not something you know by instinct, and there's hundreds of little boys every year who injure themselves by pulling their foreskin too far back. Does that make sense?
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The comment made about "hundreds of little boys injuring themselves by pulling their foreskins back" does not seem to be accurate; pulling the foreskin back too far HURTS, and pain is a good indicator to the boy that what he is doing is not the best for him. Does this make sense?

OK, the kid may need to be given a bit of assistance with his ablutions to get all the kid-grime off, but for heaven's sake leave his penis alone, and encourage him to wash it in clean water with no soap.

Regarding the age that the foreskin can be retracted: there is a wide range of ages recorded on this site where youths of age 16 years still have a foreskin that has not been fully released from the glans, and forcing it back will only cause trauma leading to adhesions and scarring of the glans.

It is best to let the young male deal with the problem of retraction himself, encouraging him to ease it back under a hot shower. At a later age, lanoline and baby oil mixed together can be used as a lotion for a young male to soften the skin at the end of the foreskin and help him ease it back. A small syringe can be used (without the needle!) to apply the lotion between the glans and the foreskin and then massaged around the glans and inside the foreskin. This will lead to a gentle separation and full retraction over a few months.
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Hi Prometheus, I think that what bluedog was trying to say was that it does happen on occasion to little boys, even though it is painful, that they pull very quickly too far and do injure themsleves. I'm not so sure about the hundreds figure myself but I do know that it's not an uncommon injury for little kids.

Do you happen to know what would be the oldest expected age for a man to be able to retract his foreskin? You mentioned 16 but I'm wondering if it might not be even later for some?
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Well I suggest leaving it as i had this problem as a child and i remember doctors pulling it back which is something i wish i didnt have to remember. i am now 19 and could pull it all the way back untill say 13 so when he is 3 it will more than likely too tight due to lack of growing and skin is likely to be attached. I suggest you leave him be untill he's much older and will manage it himself overtime. last thing he wants is a torn frenum and remembering him mum playing with his penisl
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I knew a lady who use to work as a cleaning lady at an in house escort service and she told me how the ladys complained of the men and how many of there penis smelled bad after they took there required shower. not trying to gross anyone out but yes you have to show a little boy how to clean his penis. when his skin retracts you are suppose to take a wash cloth with soap and very very gently wash the tip in a circular motion rinse cloth then the shaft rinse cloth then the testicles. as a nurse thats how we were trained anyways and there is studies showing this is how it is suppose to be done.
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