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Is non-retractable foreskin of an infant a concern?

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Dr. Diptanshu Das

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Posted on Thu, 25 Aug 2016 in Child Health
Question: My son is 5 month old. His penis foeeskin does not retract. He is passing urine without any issues though. I tried to retract it but don't want to hurt him. is it normal in kids. will his penis foreskin retract on its own in future?
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Not a cause for concern.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

It is absolutely normal for the foreskin of many infants not to be freely retractable. Usually the problem resolves by 3-4 years and is not a cause for concern. Gradually you can start manually trying to retract the foreskin and to mobilize it but without trying hard. If it persists beyond 3-4 years of age, perhaps circumcision would be necessary.

Feel free to write back in case of further queries.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Diptanshu Das 43 hours later
Today we noticed that his penis baloons when he urinate. It was normal till few days ago and was not balooning. is it normal?
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
It is a feature of the described condition.

Detailed Answer:
This happens when the foreskin is tight. Nothing needs to be done as of now. Wait and watch. Do as I had instructed.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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