Foreskin Care for Boys

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The preputial mucosa of the foreskin is fused with the glans penis by the synechia in infancy and childhood so the foreskin cannot be retracted. No attempt to retract the foreskin should be made. Forcible retraction is harmful. Wright (1994) advises that the first person to retract the boy’s foreskin should be the boy himself.[1]

Thorvaldsen & Meyhoff (2005) conducted a survey of 4,000 boys in Denmark. They report that the mean age of first foreskin retraction is 10.4 years in Denmark.[2]

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  1. REFjournal Wright, J.E. (7 February 1994): Further to the "Further Fate of the Foreskin", in: Med J Aust. 160: 134-135, PMID. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  2. REFjournal Thorvaldsen, M.A. / H. Meyhoff (2005): Patologisk eller fysiologisk fimose? [Pathological or physiological phimosis?] (Danish), in: Ugeskr Læger. 167 (17): 1858-1862. Retrieved 14 November 2019.