At birth, boys have skin that covers the end of the penis, called the foreskin. One choice you will make for your new baby boy is whether to have him circumcised. Circumcision is a surgical procedure that removes the foreskin, exposing the tip of the penis.

If your son is not circumcised, the following are things you should know and teach your son as he gets older.

In the first few months, clean your baby's penis with soap and warm water. Cotton swabs or antiseptics are not necessary. Do not pull back the foreskin if it's still attached.

In the first several years your son's foreskin will separate from the tip of the penis. Some foreskins separate soon after birth or even before birth, but this is rare. When it happens is different for every child. It may take a few weeks, months, or years. Once this happens, the foreskin...

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