The foreskin in newborns is rarely able to be retracted.
By age 3: the foreskin can be retracted on 80 to 90%.
Parents or child caregiver must not retract a foreskin forcefully, do not pull back by force, it may produce pain, tearing and even bleeding and the resultant irritation and edema may cause further adhesions.
Baby penis can be washed during bath time with water and baby soap. There is no need to wash beneath the foreskin until it is more easily retractable.
As the child matures, he should be taught to retract the foreskin gently while bathing in order to clear any collection of smegma which is a natural buildup of oils and old skin cells. Usually boys discover and learn on his own to pull back his prepuce and rinse underneath with water.
Is the partial or total removal of the foreskin (AKA prepuce) that covers the head (AKA glans) of the penis baby boy.
To circumcise or to not circumcise? That is the question made by the parents of the newborn baby.
Parents can make the decision to circumcise or not whether their cultural and religious beliefs, as well as recommendations (supposed hygienic reasons) or medical research from health care providers.
The American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force issued a new Circumcision Policy Statement in March 1999. Stating:
“Existing scientific evidence demonstrates potential medical benefits of newborn male circumcision; however, these data are not sufficient to recommend routine neonatal circumcision. In the case of circumcision in which there are potential benefits
and risks, yet the procedure is not essential to the child’s current well-being, parents should determine what is in the best interest of the child. To make an informed choice, parents of all male infants should be given accurate and unbiased information and be provided the opportunity to discuss this decision. It is legitimate for parents to take into account cultural, religious, and ethnic traditions, in addition to medical factors, when making this decision. Analgesia is safe and effective in reducing the procedural pain associated with circumcision; therefore, if a decision for circumcision is made, procedural analgesia should be provided. If circumcision is performed in the newborn period, it should only be done on infants who are stable and healthy. “
Ritual of baby boy circumcision is commonly practiced by the Jewish and Muslim religions. Symbolizing the covenant between Abraham and God and was first performed on Isaac, Abraham’s son. Tradition found in Genesis Chapter 17 on the bible.
This religious ceremony is performed when the baby is eight days old, unless the baby is compromised for any medical reason is postponed.
Or is done by a licensed health provider usually on the first day of life, or performed at the hospital before discharge. Circumcision is considered a safe minor procedure given adequate training and experience, it can be performed either at home or in birth centers as well.
Some parents choose circumcision because it is a procedure that their health care providers routinely offer to them, considered as a default choice. Even though routine baby boy circumcision is not medically necessary, it does not treat or cure any existing disease, infections or cancer and there is no evidence to justify circumcision as a routine procedure for newborns.
For some its just a hygiene concern, believing it is simpler to wash the penis if it is circumcised.
Most parents are not aware that it became popular in large part as a way of reducing male masturbation. People feared that masturbation was due to mental and physical disorder. So, was done as a preventive procedure as “moral” benefit for the newborn to not masturbate as a grown adult.
The procedure itself violates the child’s bodily integrity without an urgent medical indication and without the possibility of obtaining their consent.
Parents should not make this decision due to social pressure or believing it has a medical benefit. Parents should determine what is in the best interest of the child, take into account cultural and religious traditions, in addition to medical factors, when making this decision.