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Penis & foreskin problems in boys

The foreskin in a baby boy covers the end of his penis. It is tight and can't be pulled back as it can with older boys and adults. You should not try to pull back your baby's or young child's foreskin. This could cause tearing and then scarring, which could lead to problems later.

The KidsHealth link below has good information about how to care for your child's foreskin.

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On the next page: Tightness of the foreskin (phimosis)

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed June 2019.


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Review key: HIPEN-13872