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I have a 19 month old who is intact. I was told not to do anythign different with him as a baby. Just wash him like I would any of my other boys and let him be. Now, though, he got a little dirt under his foreskin and it caused an infection. I didn't knwo that could happen so it took me a few days to realize it wasn't a rash. Finally I cleaned it out from the outside and it healed. NOw, there is a bunch of dirt under the foreskin and I can't get it out gently. I have him sitting in a tub. He's been in there for 20 minutes and it's still not cleaned out. I don't want to leave it dirty or it might get infected, but I don't want to mess with his penis becuase it hurts and it seems so fragile.<br><br>
HELP. What do I do?
 

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Aileen:<br><br>
You have been doing exactly the right thing, just keep doing it. The only thing that is in your son's foreskin is smegma. That's the greek word for "soap" and that should be a hint. It is not dirt. The smegma keeps the dirt out by filling any space between the foreskin and glans, occluding anything else from getting in. If some feces or anything else gets in, it will only get in the tip and the next time he urinates, he will flush it out. By the way, urine is sterile. Smegma will be a white or creamy white color.<br><br>
It seems very common for intact boys to get slight irritations of the foreskin from time to time. This appears to be either from him "fiddling" with it or from the normal separation process. These irritations will appear as a slight redness at the tip of the foreskin that will disappear in a day or two. There is no treatment needed unless it lasts more than two days.<br><br>
The maintenance of an intact penis is utter simplicity. You wash the outside just likje a finger and rinse it thoroughly and dry and never, ever let anyone try to retract your son's foreskin for any reason. That's it. Now, stop worrying and enjoy your son. They grow up way, way too fast.<br><br><br><br><br>
Frank
 

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Dear Aileen,<br><br>
Have you had a chance to check out the following two articles found in the sticky at the top of the circumcision forum?<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/10-0-0/html/10-1-0/10-1-protectuncircson103.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/10-0-0/html...rcson103.shtml</a><br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/10-0-0/html/10-1-0/10-1-circumcision85.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/10-0-0/html...cision85.shtml</a>
 

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Thanks for the info. It definitely helps to know that I'm not causing irreperable damage. It isn't smegma, though, it really is dirt. I'm just trying to keep him clean. I also try to keep him naked when I can so he can "air" out.
 

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How would he get dirt inside his foreskin? Did he play in it recently? Soaking him in a tub of clear water should fix that in 5 or 10 minutes. It would take a bit of doing to get something that far inside the penis. The foreskin keeps things out! (I have two intact boys myself.)
 

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Aileen,<br>
Yes, it's good to let him run naked to air out and to let him work his penis at separating the foreskin.<br>
The only time we saw dirt under the foreskin in our grandson was after a bowel movement and we always cleaned that out with a cotton swab. Because if you wait till he urinates, although urine is sterile, the combination of feces and urine is very caustic and can cause irritations. But to clean it out, the foreskin needed to be pulled back ever so slightly, just to barely see the head.
 

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I would NEVER put a Q-tip in my son's penis!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> My eldest retracted early and on the rare occasion he got sand or poop "in there", I just sit him in the bath for a bit. It "slooshed out".
 
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