Circumcision Not Recommended

Smegma is the natural accumulation of sloughed skin cells, mixed with body oils and sweat. It is an emollient and contains protective enzymes.1 Smegma is not unclean, but it can accumulate. It also can simply be rinsed away in the bath or shower.

The entire human body has odors—some of them pleasant, like the smell of a new baby. But if the body isn’t kept clean, odors can become offensive. Washing, not amputating, is the answer.

When he is old enough, teach your son how to carefully retract his foreskin, rinse with clear, warm water, and return his foreskin to its normal position as part of his washing routine.

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.

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