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Hi, my 2 and a half year old appears to have a small lump underneath

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Hi, my 2 and a half year old appears to have a small lump underneath the foreskin of his penis, near the top to one side. It looks unusual to me and in reading online some people were advising of similar instances and that it may be smegma or a cyst, and to retract the foreskin. Other sites were saying that in no circumstance should you ever retract foreskin as it could lead to bleeding or real damage. But yet I don't want to leave it in case it's an infection. I am very concerned as to what to do, I wouldn't even trust my GP as previous articles said not to listen to GPs or other health professionals as it's not taught in medical school! Please help
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.
Hello
The foreskin should be retracted and cleaned underneath.
This is common hygiene
Has this child seen a doctor?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No Should I bring him my GP asap? Why would some sites like babycenter.org say not to retract under any circumstances? They said that you should only clean what you see, and that the foreskin might be fused to the tip of the penis and it would similar to taking the nail off your finger to clean underneath!
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.
Yes
It sounds like you are not getting instruction, and he should have been seeing a doctor since birth.
The doctor can tell of there is a problem with the foreskin.
If it does not retract naturally of course you should not force it.
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Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.
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