Uncircumcised Penis (Pediatrics)
What Is It?
An uncircumcised penis has skin that covers
the end of the penis. This skin protects the
glans or tip of the penis.
ξ For infants and young children wash
the skin on the end of the penis with
soap and water during his bath.
ξ The skin at the tip of the penis will
not pull back or retract until your
child is older.
o Do not use force to pull the
skin back. This can cause
bleeding and scarring.
o The skin at the tip of the
penis starts to separate from
the glans of the penis on its
own. This can happen by age
5, or not until puberty.
ξ In older children and teens if the skin
is able to be pulled back or retracted,
clean underneath regularly.
How do I clean under the skin of the
1. Gently pull the skin back.
2. Clean with soap and water.
3. Rinse soap off and dry area.
4. Pull the skin back over the tip of the
When to Call
ξ Your child is experiencing pain or
discomfort with urination.
ξ The end of the penis is red, itchy or
If you have any problems, please call your
clinic or doctor.
Pediatric Urology Clinic, Monday-Friday,
8:00 am to 4:30 pm 608-263-6420
After hours, nights and weekends, the clinic
number will be answered by the paging
operator. Ask for the Urology Resident on
call. Give the operator you name and phone
number with the area code. The doctor will
call you back.
If you live out of the area, call
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
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