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#1 of 5 Old 11-16-2010, 05:22 PM - Thread Starter
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I thought I knew all about this, but my 6 yr old son asked me a question this morning when he was getting out of the shower.   He is partially retractable and he pulled it back as far as it would go (to where about 1/3 of the glans was visible) and asked if it was supposed to be red there.  I thought he meant the glans and said yes and told him the name of it.  But he said that he meant the retracted skin that was stretched over the glans (the inner foreskin?).  I noticed that it was more red than the surrounding skin he said it didn't usually look like that, but that it didn't hurt either.  We talked a little bit more about retraction and I told him I'd see what I could find out.


So, is that redness of the inner foreskin a part of the retraction process?  That's my best guess, since he doesn't have any itchiness or anything.

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Since it isnt sore then I would say yes it is red because it is newly retracted so the blood is closer to the surface than it will be later on when it has totally healed from the retraction. I hope that is clear I can picture how to say it in my head but writing it down it is hard to describe.


Kinda like when you scrape your skin and as it heals it is more red than it will be after it heals.

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That must be it.  This morning it was the color of the rest of his skin, so it's all good.  Thanks for the reply.

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How nice that he is comfortable talking with you about his body and that you are comfortable with these discussions.  It's so healthy.  So many in our our culture are not and the weird message that sends can have far reaching negative effects on children and the adults they grow up to be.

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Since it isn't always red, it might be b/c it was warm from the shower.

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