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Do the following to care for your infant’s uncircumcised penis: Leave the foreskin alone until it begins to retract on its own. Let nature take its course. Change diapers frequently and wipe clean externally. If your baby isn’t circumcised, simply wash his penis with nonirritating soap and water during each bath. There’s no need to use cotton swabs or special cleansers.

At birth, the foreskin of most male babies doesn’t yet pull back (retract) fully. Treat the foreskin gently, being careful not to force it back. In other words, don’t try to clean under the foreskin, a fold of skin that covers the head of the penis. In uncircumcised baby boys, the entire foreskin is attached to the head of the penis and can’t be pulled back (“retracted”). It usually remains that way for.

Most boys will be able to retract their foreskins by the time they are 5 years old, yet others will not be able to until the teen years. As a boy becomes more aware of his body, he will most likely discover how to retract his own foreskin. But foreskin retraction should never be forced. Until the foreskin fully separates, do not try to pull it. The AAP reports that circumcised boys have a lower chance of getting a potentially serious urinary tract infection during their first year than uncircumcised boys do.

If He’s Uncircumcised If your baby wasn’t circumcised, meaning you chose not to remove the skin at the head of his penis, you don’t have to do any special cleaning. Just wipe the. View these images to get a better understanding of why you do not want to take this risk with your precious, fragile newborn. Circumcision Complications Learn about the many wonderful functions of the foreskin and view the difference between intact and circumcised. How do you care for an uncircumcised penis?

When the foreskin can be pulled back, the area needs to be cleaned every day. Until it can be pulled back, wash only the outside of the penis. Don’t try to force the foreskin back. Infants and young boys. A baby’s foreskin does not pull back easily for about 6 months.

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Only the visible surface of genitalia should be cleaned: Do not retract a boy’s foreskin (which will not fully retract until the boy is 18 months to 2 years) or clean inside the labia in a girl.

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Gently cleanse around the labia of girls, but do not try to retract the foreskin in an uncircumcised boy unless under the pediatrician’s specific direction.

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Special considerations * Always be sure to show parents the circumcision before discharge so they can ask any questions and so you can teach them how to care for the area.

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Care of the uncircumcised baby includes gentle cleaning around the genital area.

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Don’t pullback the foreskin of male babies in order to clean it.

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• When the infant is older and the foreskin easily retracts, gently retract the foreskin and clean around the glans with water and mild soap once a week.

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In an uncircumcised male, daily external washing and rinsing are all that is necessary.

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Teach parents not to retract the foreskin on an uncircumcised penis until it begins to separate from the glans later in childhood.

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(3) In uncircumcised newborns, the foreskin should not be retracted.

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Wash boys carefully, getting into all the creases and crevices with soap and water, but don’t try to retract the foreskin on an uncircumcised baby.

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  • Hi! We have a problem with our 4 mo. She won’t turn her head on her cheek when she tires on tummy time. What could be the reason for this? She turns her head otherwise both ways equally. But not when on her tummy, she faceplants and cries in distress:( I worry that now that she’s rolling she will suffocate.

  • I’m glad there are moms that use common sense. I’m expecting a boy and having him circumcised would hunt me forever (have you watched circumcision videos? it’s beyond graphic, the most inhumane thing out there in our so called developed country). I will never mutilate my child, it just goes against all my motherly insticts and believes. Moms should be best advocates for well being of their own children and you are the perfect example. Great info, thanks for posting.

  • Sadly when I had my first son 27 years ago I was totally unprepared for the circumcision issue. Back then ultrasounds were not covered by insurance so I didn’t even know what I was having. Within hours of going through an 8 hour induced delivery I was being pressured to circumcise. I instinctively was opposed but the sly doctors and nurses were ready with a counter argument to my every objection including telling me a graphic horror story of a man who was not circ’d as an infant and ‘chose’ to be as an adult and how horrible it was for him. I still was able to fend them off until my husband stated it would be best for our son if he ‘looked like his daddy.’ Without my husbands support and in my tired condition I sadly gave in. I have ALWAYS regretted it. That choice should have been my sons once he became an adult. Later when our 2nd son came along I was put in the difficult position of leaving him intact which I felt would cause further injury to the firstborn who’d been subjected to it when I failed to protect him. It was a lose-lose situation and I reluctantly allowed my 2nd son to be cut to protect my fist son. I rationalized that the firstborn had recovered quickly and was a happy healthy 5 year old. Both of my sons lost because I was unprepared to protect the first one. To this day if I ever saw that lying nurse again I’d knock her teeth down her throat.

  • I’m intact and honestly didn’t know this until. I still remember the first time i retracted it, I think I might have been a little young after hearing this lol. It kinda freaked me the hell out though tbh lol.

  • Circ is NOT THE NORM!!!!
    Your not supposed to pull it back…
    Your doctor is insane & you don’t forcefully pull, clean etc NOTHING…
    Hot water?! Omg!
    Your POOR BABY!!! I feel so so bad!! You and that doctor smh!
    You and the health care system FAILED your baby! Gross gross gross!!!

  • I wish my parents had seen this when I was little. I was a victim of improper care as a toddler and grew up with infections and terrified of being circumcised, which was what the doctors brought up. I honestly think I have PTSD because I worry about this issue even now in my 20s.

  • Hi, i am in a dilemma, my son is 9 and he was having frequently urine, after having urine text, report of having an minor E COLIS urine infection. His foreskin is not pull back yet. Docter think maybe the infection is because of the foreskin not pull yet. He suggested me to use coconut oil and slowly pull it, if its not then docter might circum… should i pull in this case. My son is not comfortable me touching it.
    What about if the infection is treated by medication, you still think to just leave it. Please advice or give your insight. Thank you

  • In many countries are not Circumcised and don’t wash after peeing those for sure unhygienic and dirty dirt build up…like at least pick one you filthy

  • Thank you so much, I was so worried about wether I was doing it wrong by not pulling it back. The thought accidentally hurting my child:-( thank you for sharing

  • 2:42 False. In fact, it is quite common for circumcised males to be more sensitive

    0:24 False. The idea that circumcision orginated from puritanical doctors is the correlation = causation fallacy. Countless troops were therapeutically circumcised out of necesssity during WW1.

    3:42 False. The benefits of circumcision overwhelmingly outweigh the risks, regardless of region, and are also outside the realm of personal hygiene. The opposite is true only in propaganda authored by insecure, self-hating, raging uncircumcised men meant to censor the benefits of circumcision.

    All you’re doing here is spreading misinformation, i.e. what you’ve been told about circumcision that you didn’t bother to question. Science overwhelmingly proves that circumcision has multiple significant benefits and that the claims anti-circumcision propaganda makes, i.e. puritanical anti-masturbation origins, desensitization, psyhcological damage, etc., are false.

    The anti-circumcision ‘movement’ is just a ploy for bitter, vengeful, insecure, uncircumcised males to project their self-hatred onto circumcised men, and it infected the impressionable liberal community like wildfire. Shame on you for advocating for misinformation and prejudice.

  • You are correct about everything! As a matter of fact, the latest advice is never force the foreskin down. Your instincts are 100% correct. I’m amazed That you got such bad advice… Maybe you need a different pediatrician? Good video

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  • Great video. I’m uncircumcised and very happy with it. Thanks to my mom and dad for leaving me intact. A few of my friends have deform penis because of circumcision, it actually ruined their lives.

  • It’s true all men uncircumcised can screw other men and you have no diseases period it is awesome. This is just what I’ve read from the journal of medicine and my own experience

  • Also, my nephew had his circumcision done when he was 13…. Tell me what teen boy can control his erections and then hear the screams from stitches popping and sleep well.

  • Dont know how I ended here, but does anyone know if theres an age range to do the circunsition process? I heard it’s only available in kids ��

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  • Circumsision is just bull shit Don’t do that it increases the death and diseases risk and this video is not clearify all the thing

  • Omg thank you. My doula casually mentioned this. I only have sisters and a daughter and just had a son. I have baby sat boys who retracted their own penises in the bath and I just assumed that’s what you did. My husband is circumcised so he didn’t know either. So glad I never tried to retract it.

  • 40 Years? “To reiterate: we have known for over 40 years that it is normal for the foreskin to not retract in children.” Really? Only 40 years? That can’t be right.

  • Check those idiotic societies which are still using it nowadays.
    Circumcision makes stupid male lovers, highest crime rate, callous soldiers, and war criminals.
    It is a part of their general political blasphemy of these societies.
    check their history and actual situations!

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  • If these people understood foreskin they would know it helps control orgasm feedback allowing the man to last longer, plus the lack of sensation because of circumcision makes the man more interested in the orgasm than the ride.

  • you don’t have to force anything. put him in a warm bathtub and submurge his pp. and gentle massage the area and gentle move it around to allow the water to clean it out. your a good mommy for looking Into things I am also trying to make sure my son is clean. I’m a guy but don’t have the same package so it’s new to me to. but this is what works for me.

  • hummm, well i`m uncut and natural and lets just say women find it desgusting and un higenic, sooo yeah i wish i had one when i was a baby, but my parents didn`t beleve in it, so i`m now just an introvert who avoids all the judgement by stayin single and alone, hummm.

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  • @ 0:01 How could anyone see that adorable little baby boy and their first thought is to put a sharp scalpel in between his legs!? Besides uncircumcised/ intact boys have bigger pp’s and feel more pleasure that’s why uncircumcised/intact boys discover masturbation earlier and do it more often than cut boys!

  • Decapitation reduces the risk of brain cancer by 100%. It also reduces the risk of fools passing on their genes.

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  • OMG I can’t believe a health care professional would tell you to force the skin back. And you shouldn’t be pulling the skin back at all. Please get more Info about this so you don’t damage your son.

  • I was almost convinced by the “it’s more hygienic” argument for circumcision, until our research showed the level of trauma induced and our insurance did not even cover the procedure. We’ve since been shamed by pediatricians for that decision, siting that our son would be inflicted by smegma and infection. Daily bathing, regular diaper changes, and I’ve never seen or smelled any such things on my little boy’s intact parts. Thank you for posting this. It’s very encouraging to find information on and support for this subject.

  • I was circumcised and I wish I had a say in it. Because now I feel a part of my was stolen from me against my will even tho it was.

  • I’m happy I found this video, I’m having a baby boy soon and I don’t wanna have him circumcised. My mom is upset with me about it but I told her “hey, it’s my baby not yours. If he wants to be circumcised one day it’s up to him but I’m not gonna force it on him”.

  • Happy that this is on YouTube. Many people need to be educated about this. I would give it a thumb up, but I hate the background music.

  • Omg thanks for teaching us this… I actually had a nurse tell me I should have been “retracting” since birth, but when I tried doing it (I did it very gently) he would push my hand away. I knew then he wasn’t ready.

  • Ladies please don’t pull anything back! This information is wrong that this woman is giving out doing so will cause bleeding, swelling infection and scarring. You literally wipe the penis like a finger. Thats it nothing will get under the foreskin not even poop! Please go to this site for proper intact care

  • Proper care, is to just clean what is seen. Dont retract at all. The foreskin is fused to the head of the penis until puberty and the only person who should be retracting him is him.

    So just wipe like a finger and you’re doing it right.

  • I was born in an orphanage in the 60’s. The Doctor in charge automatically cut all the boys that were born there. It wasn’t even a choice of my my biological Mother or my adoptive parents.
    I wasn’t given a choice.
    Have also heard about a lot of doctors that have botched the job leaving some men with deformed penises. If I had a boy I definitely wouldn’t have it done. Let him choose later. Stop mutilating boys at birth.

  • Thank you for your information. I am soon to be grandmother to my first grandson. I am the mother of two girls, so I have never really had to deal with this issue. I feel I need to be more informed so I am able to help my daughter with my grandson after birth. Thank you again, for your information.

  • Oh gosh…thank God I found this…I almost thought I was doing it wrong��….this was really helpful since I’m a young mother with a son….thank you!!!!!


  • lol my breech newborn has a preferred head position AND a strong neck so I turn his head pretty often and it turns it right back…

  • I knew a kid that asked to have it done when he was eleven.
    He said he was tired of having to pull his foreskin back to clean it. He got it done and He was happy after.

  • I now appreciate these channels that do this illustrations because they seemingly draw them themselves,
    wow…never realized that
    I hadn’t at the time, but when I realized that(after he seemingly cleaned previous illustrations) I clicked that like button asap and it meant a lot more lol

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  • Getting snipped is no different than a mama piercing her baby girls ears. Foe everyone who thinks it should be outlawed.. There is more than “looks” to circs, however getting a newborns ears pierced is purly for looks.

  • thank you a lot. my parent is cut and isn’t natured or know how to wash an uncircumcised penis correctly so it means tons that i have to stop worrying it

  • I’m pregnant now and I do not want to circumcise my baby boy. I just find it unnecessary and to put my baby through that would devastate me. So thank you for posting this video I’ll check out the article as well

  • thank you thank you thank you for doing the the right thing. I’ve never once had any problems or infections in 43 years. shame to the moms mutilating their own flesh and blood for no good reason. this isn’t the 70’s anymore. use some common sense!!!

  • im a new mom my baby is 5 months old & i had no idea how to clean his pp. this helped alot at first i was pulling back to clean him but not to hardd. but now im just gonna clean on top. I wouldnt have the heart to circumcise my baby (looks to painful) thanks again!

  • Thank you so much for sharing! We decided to leave our baby uncut and started asking family about cleaning and most( even those whom had not been circumcised or raised uncircumcised boys) all thought we were supposed to pull the skin back as well. So good to know the truth. Thanks again for sharing!

  • With circumcision you lose the protective cover to the glans, several thousand nerves, slack skin for comfortable erections, and according to experts specialized epithelial Langerhans cells, a component of the immune system, and pro-cutters say there are health benefits!:/

  • Any medical,”professional”,who tells a parent to pull the foreskin back is an idiot and should be reported.Coming from Australia where the practice of circumcision has died right off,we know to leave it alone and do it’s own thing.Mine was tight till puberty(no probs)and then everything sorted itself out…….don’t wanna offend but lets face it,all the action boys give their willies during puberty tends to loosen things up!

  • Thank you for the info, my wife and I had our first child and he is 6mo. We are now in the time where we must concentrate on cleaning his uncircumcised penis properly. But my wife thinks that the hole that she sees is where the foreskin starts. I told her no it is not, that only very little of the head of the penis is exposed when pulling back the foreskin, but that it was hard to tell that the foreskin is already pulled back because the color of skin is all the same as the head. This made it hard to point out what I see when explaining to my wife. But, she does not believe what I described and I’m afraid she might do harm opening his pee hole instead because she thinks that is where the foreskin opening starts.

    Could you please make another video perhaps using a fake model baby penis or a drawing that will help convince my wife that she is seeing it wrong? If you show a demo maybe it will help us understand better, perhaps I am wrong but I am pretty sure I’m right from what I can see from my baby boy.

    Thanks in advance

  • I’m all for circumcision I think it’s makes them healthyer makes them have a lower chance for cancers and other diseases and looks more proper and people who are saying its inhuman should just stop they don’t know what there talking about and should just stop its to make them healthyer you idiots it just makes me so mad and I’m so offended by people like that I don’t really care uncut or cut do what you want I just think that if you love your baby you should snip snip

  • Thank you so much. This will sound ridiculous but I am a father of a 6 week old son who I love to pieces but because I am circumcised and my son isn’t, (I have no intention of getting it done to him) I had no idea what I was supposed to do. You have really clarified things for methank you.

  • Show us what you are talking about. Visual aides would help a lot. He’s right there; show us how far back the foreskin goes. And it is awesome that you left him just as nature intended! You are a great mom to go against the norm!

  • I’m having a son myself in November, and I’m leaning more toward not giving him a circumcision… his father is not cut, and his penis functions better than most guys who have theirs cut…

  • The correct term is intact not uncircumcised. Circumcision is not the norm, majority of the world is not circumcised. You’re also not supposed to pull the foreskin back to clean! You simply clean what is seen!! Visit🙂

  • to Circumcision

    The baby began to gasp and choke, breathless from his shrill continous screams.


    To help in determining the degree of pain and stress caused by circumcision, infant response was compared to that resulting from other procedures. Levels of cortisol (a hormone released into the blood in response to stress) and behavioral responses were recorded for newborns undergoing circumcision, heel-stick blood sampling, weighing and measuring, and discharge examination. Circumcision resulted in significantly higher levels of behavioral distress and blood cortisol levels than did the other procedures. Since the infant is restrained during circumcision, the response to the use of restraint was similarly tested and was not found to be measurably distressing to newborns.

    Circumcision is a surgical procedure that involves forcefully separating the foreskin from the glans and then cutting it off. It is typically accomplished with a special clamp device (see Fig. 2). Over a dozen studies confirm the extreme pain of circumcision. It has been described as “among the most painful [procedures] performed in neonatal medicine.” In one study, researchers concluded that the pain was “severe and persistent.” Increases in heart rate of 55 beats per minute have been recorded, about a 50 percent increase over the baseline. After circumcision, the level of blood cortisol increased by a factor of three to four times the level prior to circumcision. Investigators reported, “This level of pain would not be tolerated by older patients.”

    Circumcision pain is described in this research study by Howard Stang and his colleagues from the Department of Pediatrics, Group Health Inc., and the University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development: “There is no doubt that circumcisions are painful for the baby. Indeed, circumcision has become a model for the analysis of pain and stress responses in the newborn.” They report that the infant will “cry vigorously, tremble, and in some cases become mildly cyanotic [having blueness or lividness of the skin, caused by a deficiency of oxygen] because of prolonged crying.”