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A 24-year-old female asked:

I have a 3 yr old son, he wasn't surcumsised, when will the head on the penis start to come out? i'm not sure what to do or what's going on, when i wash him he really complains that it hurts not sure what to do.

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Leave it alone: Normal boys are sensitive about having their foreskin pulled back. Most foreskins separate on their own as time goes go by. He likely has what is called "physiologic phimosis" with normal attachment of foreskin to head of penis plus a somewhat narrow opening. Discuss with your pediatrician if foreskin opening is only pinhole in size, or if foreskin balloons or is painful with urination.
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Dr. Hrair-George Mesrobian
Pediatric Urology 44 years experience
Phimosis: Your little boy may have phimosis which affects 3% of boys. The tip of the foreskin is too tight to allow the head of the penis to come out. I recumbent taking him to a pediatric urologist as there are many treatment options- including surgery.
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Dr. David Vandersteen
Pediatric Urology 32 years experience
Be gentle: It is normal for an uncircumcised boy to have "phimosis" trapping the head of the penis within the foreskin. Aggressively retracting the foreskin to force the glans out or tearing at the adhesions can cause significant pain and lingering problems including recurrent adhesions. If he only complains when it is "washed" then leave it alone. If he complains at other times, then see your md.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
What type of circumcision did I have if I have lose skin behind head of flaccid penis? I wasn't circumcised until 4 months old.
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Urology 10 years experience
Circumcision: Sounds like you had a regular circumcision. Is not unusual to have some loose skin with a flaccid penis.
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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Agree with Dr. Rodriguez, you can have some extra skin from any type of circumcision i.e.PlastiBell, Gomco, Mogen Clamp or sleeve resection. Better a little extra than having too much removed!.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Im 20 yrs old and circumcised, is it normal to have a skin under my penis be stretched to 2 inches. When its not erect the skin is saggy and im able to cover the entire head of my penis.
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