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My son is four. What age is foreskin retractable to clean. Information is all over the place. Doesn't move back at all. Is always playing with it but doesn't complain it's sore.

He used to complain he was sore but i bought larger underwear which has helped the situation. When seeing nurse recently was horrified that i don't pull back but what I read says not to force. I just want to make sure I am teaching him self care correctly.

Jane ...
Answer: You are right when you say there is conflicting information on this issue, but the link below is evidence based and from the Royal Children's Hospital so is best practice. When he can pull the foreskin back himself and this will happen as a normal part of his development, then this is the time for the foreskin to be retracted. It is not up to anyone else to "force" it back. Let nature take its course. When he is in the bath teach him what's involved but tell him to be gentle and not force it back. With time and maturity there are generally no problems. Best Jane http://www.rch.org.au/kidsinfo/fact_sheets/Penis_and_foreskin_care/
Answered: 07 Jul 2013