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Yesterday while changing DS, I noticed some white stuff on the top of his penis. I flicked it off and I guess looked at it for the first time. I realized that even though he is circumsized (no flames please...we are religious Jews), the whole head of his penis is retracted into his foreskin. I pushed the head out and it was entirely covered with this white yucky stuff (mother of the year here...I feel horrible that I have never cleaned here). It didn't look like yeast, it had the consistency more of just melted wax and didn't smell. We don't have thrush (nothing on his tongue or my nipples). What could it be?<br><br>
I called the on-call nurse but she was no real help. I will take him in tomorrow to the doctor but am worried.<br><br>
Thanks<br><br>
Raquel
 

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If I understood correctly, you found a ring of yucky white/yellowish gunk around the head of the penis right?<br><br>
My DS had that when he was about 3 months all. The ped said it's only accumulated sweat and gunk from the diaper. All we did is pull back the skin and depending how "stuck" it is, it might bleed a little. You have to do it gently every time you change his diaper. It took us about 2 days. He didn't bleed.<br><br>
Was that any help?
 

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It's called smegma. There is nothing wrong or dirty about it. We as women get it too. It's just the body's way of cleaning itself (kind of like the "sleepies" you get in the corner of your eye. It isn't anything to be worried about. You're not a bad mom, it's completely normal.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">DON'T retract or pull back the foreskin. It can hurt him. .</div>
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The OP said he was circ'd. My nephew got this quite often, he is also circ'd. Just clean it, unlike an intact penis, it is exposed to elements that cause build up in the folds, similar to a labia. Not a biggie, just pull it back and clean out his "folds"
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I realized that even though he is circumsized (no flames please...we are religious Jews), the whole head of his penis is <b>retracted into his foreskin</b>.</div>
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The head or "glans" retracted in the <i>shaft skin</i>. There is no foreskin because that was removed during the circumcision.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">It isn't anything to be worried about. Just wipe it off. DON'T retract or pull back the foreskin. It can hurt him. Just gently wash his penis. You're not a bad mom, it's completely normal.</td>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">:<br><br>
Leaving too much foreskin is a common side effect of circ. The forekskin will produce smegma and may re-adhere to the glans. Few people are informed that a recently circ'd penis needs to cleaned.
 

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Eeek. There's no such thing as leaving too much foreskin. He's super lucky he's got enough left for the glans to sink into.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">DON'T retract or pull back the foreskin. It can hurt him.</div>
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Actually, you're supposed to retract the skin on a circumcised penis in order to prevent adhesions. The care is different than for an intact boy.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Eeek. There's no such thing as leaving too much foreskin. He's super lucky he's got enough left for the glans to sink into.</td>
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Oh, I agree but it tends to be an unfavorable outcome for a circ.<br><br>
And yes, now that he most likely has been left with "too much foreskin" it will need to be cleaned under, as adhesion is also an unfavorable outcome for a circ.
 

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<a href="http://www.nocirc.org/publish/pamphlet5.html" target="_blank">http://www.nocirc.org/publish/pamphlet5.html</a><br>
This tells parents how to care for their son's circumcised penis.<br><br><br><br>
P.S. I can't believe circ is sold as easier.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Eeek. There's no such thing as leaving too much foreskin. He's super lucky he's got enough left for the glans to sink into.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: The more the better. Years ago, circumcisers were not so generous and took off all they could which resulted in lifelong complications for those in my generation(30ish). When these men matured, they experienced a miriad of complications from bent penis to scrotum and hair being pulled up onto the shaft upon erection to tearing of the scar tissue from where the circ was done.<br><br>
The only "negative" to moving to these new "looser" circumcisions is circumcisers are not educating parents how to care for them properly(retracting at every diaper change and applying vaseline for the first few years) which results in the true complication of adhesions.<br><br>
OP: It sounds like smegma to me. All that is is a build up of sloughed off skin cells and oils. Perfectly normal, all mammals get it male or female, and nothing to be concerned about. Just keep retracting the remnant foreskin daily and applying some type of lubrication to keep adhesions from forming and his circumcised penis should be as fine as a circumcised penis can be.<br><br>
Take care,<br>
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