There are several positions around a crucial topic concerning baby boys: pulling the skin of the baby’s penis down or not. Pediatricians put forward several theses in this regard. There are those who consider it necessary to quickly lower this delicate skin and those who think that this must be done gently and little by little.
Mothers also approach the problem in different ways: some believe that the skin of the baby’s penis needs to be lowered, while others decide that this should happen naturally. Finally, there are those who resolve the situation by circumcising the newborn.
For any mother, whether it is the first child in general or the first boy, this is a cause for concern as very often the opinions of professionals and not are very divergent.
The child’s penis
The glans is protected by the skin of the foreskin. In the newborn the foreskin adheres to the glans and it is not possible to withdraw it. This is a completely normal phenomenon which is called “preputial adhesion”. As the baby grows, the foreskin separates and leaves the glans uncovered.
Preputial adhesions form between the skin of the foreskin and the mucous membrane of the glans. Such adhesions prevent the skin from sagging and the baby may appear to be suffering from phimosis, a common disease of the penis that makes the opening of the foreskin narrower and prevents the glans from being exposed.
Talking about a baby’s illness, however, is very premature. In these cases, preputial adhesions are only a defense mechanism of the body to protect the penis from infection. If you let them evolve, most of them end up disappearing between 3 and 4 years.
Lower the skin of the penis or not?
Until a few years ago, pediatricians recommended lowering the skin of the penis all at once between 3 and 4 months of age. Some take the child to a urologist so that a professional can perform this maneuver.
With a little local anesthesia, the doctor will perform a forced dilation of the foreskin, although this is quite painful for the baby. This is an abrupt movement that produces bleeding and can cause more shrinkage as the resulting wound heals.
Currently , pediatricians recommend lowering the skin of the penis very gently during bath time. There are very rare cases in which adhesions have not disappeared spontaneously in a 3-year-old child.
In this case, the pediatrician or urologist teaches the parents to perform the maneuver gently to lower the skin of the penis with a corticoid-based ointment or cream. If you realize that your little one is suffering from phimosis, it will be necessary to perform a circumcision.
Respect the times of the child
At birth, it is normal for the foreskin to adhere to the glans. On a few occasions the skin of the penis shrinks from birth and, moreover, it is rare for a child to wait 5 years for the preputial adhesions to disappear completely.
When the baby stops wearing the diaper, around 2 years of age, he usually begins to explore his own body. Therefore it is not strange that you try to lower the skin of the penis, which becomes thinner and more flexible.
The preputial adhesions yield to the touch during self-exploration until they subside with total ease.
If the pediatrician proposes to remove this skin from the glans, keep in mind that this is a painful procedure for the baby, with dubious results.
Being guided by the opinion of specialists is very common, especially for beginners. The physician’s judgment is taken into particular consideration and this undoubtedly provides numerous benefits. However, it is also important to be well informed about the best processes and natural methods.
Take your time to consider what the different options are and if you need to consult with other specialists, don’t hesitate to do so.
If the skin on the foreskin does not sag around age 5 or 6, surgery can be done. Depending on the phimosis, it can take up to 14 years before circumcision is performed. So don’t rush into making a decision.