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My baby boy is circumcised. How can I care for his penis after we leave the hospital?

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After your boy’s circumcision, his care team covered his penis with petroleum jelly and wrapped it in gauze. You should keep a covering on until it for the first 48 hours after the procedure. 

For the first couple of days after the surgery, keep the area covered with a glob of petroleum jelly on a square gauze pad. Change the pad after poopy diapers to prevent an infection.

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Newborn Circumcision.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Care for an Uncircumcised Penis,” “What Is Circumcision,” “Caring for Your Son’s Penis.”

Ari Brown, MD, pediatrician, American Academy of Pediatrics spokeswoman, Austin, TX.

Mayo Clinic: “Circumcision (Male).”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Newborn Circumcision.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Care for an Uncircumcised Penis,” “What Is Circumcision,” “Caring for Your Son’s Penis.”

Ari Brown, MD, pediatrician, American Academy of Pediatrics spokeswoman, Austin, TX.

Mayo Clinic: “Circumcision (Male).”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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