I couldn't think of a better place to ask this question with all the knowledgable people here. I have some of my own ideas about what is going on, but I thought I would post this here for others opinions.
My son is 3 and is not yet retractable. I have never forced retraction at all either. For the past few days, my son has mentioned that his penis hurts "on the inside" after urinating. I had a look at it and has penis is not swollen, nor is the foreskin reddened. As I'm sure that the foreskin is separated from the glans and his preputial opening is quite loose, I decided to push back the foreskin just enough that I could see the meatus (all the while he's giggling saying it tickles...oy!). Anyway, the meatus looks a little red and is a bit inflamed.
I'm thinking that this may be because of bubble baths (I usually don't let my kids have them, but he's had a few lately and I always rinse him off afterwards, but maybe I should stop them all together). I also don't usually let the kids have soap of any kind in the tub...they have showers first where they wash and then have a tub). I was thinking I could put a little antibacterial ointment on the tip of his foreskin to hopefully alleve whatever may be going on.
Does this sound reasonable, or should I be more concerned? He's not showing any other signs of a uti or anything and he's peeing fine. He's (as always) "handling" himself often, so maybe he's transferred something from his hands, but I would think it would be more evident if it was some sort of staph or strep bacteria.
Anyway, if anyone has some thoughts, it would be appreciated. I think I'll give it some time to see if it clears on its own (perhaps with some ointment) but if not, I suppose I'll make an appt with his doctor.