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Circumcision Not Recommended

If the foreskin opening remains small, while the urine stream is considerable, the foreskin might balloon with urine from the back-pressure. This can be alarming to parents seeing it for the first time. If the boy is not in pain and his urine is free-flowing, there is nothing to worry about. This is simply an indication of the separation of the foreskin and glans and, with time, the foreskin opening will become lax and the ballooning will cease.1

CAUTION: Never forcibly retract (pull back) his foreskin or allow anyone else to do so! It is painful, and can lead to infections and adhesions. Stay with your boy during all medical examinations, and state that his foreskin should not be retracted. Your son should be the first and only person to retract his foreskin.

This information has been reviewed by our panel of experts and other trusted advisors, however, it is not a substitute for professional medical, legal, or spiritual advice.

  1. Babu R, Harrison SK, Hutton KA. Ballooning of the foreskin and physiological phimosis: is there any objective evidence of obstructed voiding? BJU Int. 2004;94(3):384-7.
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