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Can you tell me if a baby is uncircumsized should the foreskin slide back so that you can clean the head of the penis?

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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
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In brief: Usually not

Foreskin is naturally adherent to the glans penis at birth and 1% of newborns have a fully retractile foreskin.
Foreskin opening is physiologically narrow in most babies up to one year of age. Not abnormal up to and beyonf adge 3-years for foreskin not to retract completely, however the opening should be wide enough to prevent obstruction to urine flow. Only retract foreskin as far as adhesions.

In brief: Usually not

Foreskin is naturally adherent to the glans penis at birth and 1% of newborns have a fully retractile foreskin.
Foreskin opening is physiologically narrow in most babies up to one year of age. Not abnormal up to and beyonf adge 3-years for foreskin not to retract completely, however the opening should be wide enough to prevent obstruction to urine flow. Only retract foreskin as far as adhesions.
Dr. George Klauber
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Elaine Peterson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on Age

The foreskin of an uncircumcised baby typically cannot be fully retracted to its maximal point until after 6 months of age.
Bathing and frequent diaper changes are important. After 6 months of age it is advisable to gently retract the foreskin and clean around the head of the penis. Avoid forcible retraction because this could cause injury.

In brief: Depends on Age

The foreskin of an uncircumcised baby typically cannot be fully retracted to its maximal point until after 6 months of age.
Bathing and frequent diaper changes are important. After 6 months of age it is advisable to gently retract the foreskin and clean around the head of the penis. Avoid forcible retraction because this could cause injury.
Elaine Peterson
Elaine Peterson
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