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I just thought about this the other day. We have two intact little boys.<br><br>
so as I understand it, the boys will eventually become retractible on their own, and will at some point need to be told/shown how to clean their penises properly, right?<br>
DH was circ at a young age, although not RIC, and does not remember having a foreskin, so he does not know how to do this, otherwise I'd just give him that task, being the one with the "equipment". So, I will need to know what to do once they are old enough and need to be told how to clean it properly once they are retractible. Can anyone give me some advice?
 

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I would just include it in a regular talk about washing. I remember my mom reminding me to wash "your crotch, your pits and behind your ears!" well, that was her way....I think anything like that would work. I mean, she didnt tell me how to wash my vulva...I guess just being told TO wash was enough <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Once they're able to retract on their own they should do it as part of their showering routine. Pull back the skin, wash it with water (I use soap as well but some people find soap to be irritating to the skin) and push the foreskin back to its original state. Not a complicated process at all.
 

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What I have been doing with ds who is 2.5 is walk him through the washing process. ie. Wash the hands, arms tummy etc then I tell him ok time to wash the bottom and swish his penis a bit in the water (he isnt retractable that I know of so I just swish the whole thing) once he is a bit older I will tell him if you are able to pull back the skin swish then put it back. But for now I am getting him in the habit of swishing.
 

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You really don't need to worry about it until he hits puberty. Then tell him to pull his foreskin back, wash it with water only (no soap), then replace his foreskin.<br><br>
And yep, no retracting! And don't let ignorant docs retract, either!
 

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I didn't have to go into a lot of detail teaching my boys (two are adults now, one a teen, and one five years old). Just walk them through washing their bodies.
 
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