Hi Mamas! Today I was changing my son’s diaper and I was wiping around his little private area and it got me thinking about how different caring for boys is versus girls. Now I don’t have any girls myself, but I do have a little sister who I changed many times as well as bathed. So I do have some idea of the differences between the two.
If you’ve never had a boy then you probably have never had to care for them after they have a circumcision. I know after I had my first son I was more than a little nervous about cleaning his little wound. I was scared that I would hurt him or that it would get infected, but I made it through and now I am going to give you Mamas that are nervous like I was a few tips for caring for your newborns circumcision.
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1. Keep it clean.Every time you change your sweet peas diaper, wipe very gently from the base of his penis to the tip. If he has a messy poop that gets on his penis, rinse it with warm water and a mild, unscented soap. Take your time and be gentle.
2. Do NOT pull back his penis. It is healing. Try to leave it alone as much as possible. We as Mamas want to make sure we take care of our babies, but sometimes we over do it. Try to be patient and know that this will only last a short time.
3. Put a little dab of Vaseline on the tip of his penis each time you change his diaper. This helps the diaper not to stick to his penis.
4. Make sure the diaper that you use is not too tight. You want to make sure your baby is comfy.
5. After about 7-10 days your baby should be healed. Once he is COMPLETELY healed, make sure that when you bathe him you gently pull down the skin on his penis and clean. It’s VERY important that you ONLY do this once he is HEALED. If you do it before then you could hurt him! Not only does it get dirty under there by sweat, urine, feces, and lint from the diaper, but if you don’t do this daily the skin can fuse back together. This just happened to my second born a few months ago. Our pediatrician noticed it when we were at a checkup and had to tug it back down which was a bit uncomfortable for my little guy, and we were actually pulling it down and cleaning, just not every day. I was so worried that I was going to hurt him that I usually would just wash his penis, but now I know better. Which is why I am sharing with you guys! So you don’t make the same mistake that I did.
Above all be gentle and keep the area clean and dry. Give it a little air and know what is normal and what is not.
- Tip is red, swollen or even bruised looking for the first few days.
- A little blood in diaper, no more than a quarter sized amount.
- Scabbing and/or liquid coming out is part of healing and is normal.
- Continued bleeding more than a quarter sized amount.
- Any sores besides the wound site.
- If redness/swelling persists after three days.
- incessant crying
- problems urinating.This is my little one day after he had his circumcision done. Peaceful and sweet!
Take heart Mama! I know it is hard to see them cry and be in pain, but just remember that it only lasts for 7-10 days and then your baby boy will be back to being a happy adorable baby.