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Starship Paediatric Surgery and Urology

Public Service, General Surgery, Paediatrics, Urology


The foreskin is normally non-retractile at birth and it is common for some boys to not have a retractile foreskin until after puberty. At no time should the foreskin be forcibly retracted.

If your son has a tight foreskin, ‘phimosis’ this can be managed by your doctor (GP) which normally involves the application of a steroid cream to the area for 4-6 weeks.

This page was last updated at 1:21PM on May 10, 2021.