Foreskin Problems In Children

A tight foreskin that won’t retract can cause problems such as ballooning when weeing. Whilst normal in younger children, this may lead to circumcision in older children.

Overview of Foreskin Problems In Children

My son’s foreskin won’t retract and balloons when he wees.

  • The majority of the time this is normal until the child is 16
  • Reasons to circumcise are if there is scarring of the foreskin called balanitis xerotica obliterans (BXO)
  • Ballooning is normal and is the body’s way of separating the child’s foreskin from the head of the penis

My son has a lump under his foreskin.

  • This is called a smegma pearl
  • This is a normal finding in young children where adhesions remain between the foreskin and the head of the penis
  • As these adhesions break down, they can form a lump
  • This will go away on its own

Treatments for Foreskin Problems In Children

Is there anything I can do to help the foreskin roll back?

  • Encourage your son to gently retract the foreskin when he’s in the bath or shower
  • Never forcefully retract the foreskin
  • Clean the foreskin only with water, not with soap, as this can irritate the skin and cause it to become red
  • You can apply a short course of steroid ointment to the foreskin to try to separate it from the head of the penis

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