As far as cleaning an uncircumcised baby penis…you don’t pull back the foreskin, it is attached. There is no extra cleaning.
You’d think Mark would know this since he has an uncircumcised son.
The genital organs are in a very immature stage of development at birth. The growth and development continues through puberty and into adulthood. This page and the indexed articles provide information on that normal development. Articles are indexed in chronological order.
“The Phony Phimosis Diagnosis”
The normal growth and development of the prepuce of the human male has been greatly misunderstood both by the medical community and by the public. This misunderstanding has led to many unnecessary, contraindicated circumcisions being performed on young boys.
Typically, when a baby boy is born, the prepuce is long with a narrow tip.4,5 Retraction is not possible in the majority of infants because the narrow tip will not pass over the glans penis. Moreover, the inner mucosal surface of the prepuce is fused with the underlying mucosal surface of the glans penis.2,4,6,11 This also prevents retraction. This normal developmental narrowness is sometimes improperly diagnosed as phimosis (a fairly rare pathological condition, characterized by hardening of the tip of the foreskin, and a whitish ring of hardened tissue). In fact, the normal developmental narrowness is not phimosis. It is simply a normal stage of development.
The fusion of the foreskin to the underlying glans penis is often improperly called “adhesions.” The fused foreskin and glans sometimes will separate by age 3-5, but usually this takes longer. Øster observed boys in which this normal process was not completed until after puberty
It’s a lot more work to care for a newly circumcised penis. You have to change the dressing.
Caring for a Circumcised Penis
Following circumcision, it is important to keep the area as clean as possible. Gently clean with warm water — do not use diaper wipes. Soapy water can be used if needed.
If there is a dressing on the incision, apply a new one (with petroleum jelly) whenever you change a diaper for the first day or two. Even after the dressing is no longer needed, put a dab of petroleum jelly on the penis or on the front of the diaper for 3 to 5 days. This can help avoid discomfort from rubbing and sticking to the diaper.
It usually takes between 7 to 10 days for a penis to heal. Initially the tip may appear slightly swollen and red and you may notice a small amount of blood on the diaper. You also may notice a slight yellow discharge or crust after a couple of days. This is part of the normal healing process.
If you notice any of the following problems, call your doctor right away:
persistent bleeding or blood on the diaper (more than quarter-sized)
other signs of infection, such as worsening swelling or discharge, or the presence of pus-filled blisters
not urinating normally within 12 hours after the circumcision
However, with quick intervention, almost all circumcision-related problems are easily treated.
Caring for an Uncircumcised Penis
As with a penis that’s circumcised, an uncircumcised one should be kept clean. Also, no cotton swabs, astringent or any special bath products are needed — just warm water every time you bathe your baby will suffice.
Initially, do not pull back the foreskin to clean beneath it. Over time, the foreskin will retract on its own so that it can be pulled away easily from the glans toward the abdomen. This happens at different times for different boys, but most can retract the foreskin by the time they reach puberty.
As your son grows up, teach him to wash beneath the foreskin by gently pulling it back from the glans, rinsing the glans and the inside of the foreskin with warm water, then pulling the foreskin back over the head of the penis.