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My baby boy is circumcised. How can I care for his penis once his circumcision has started to heal?

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After a couple of days, once your boy’s circumcision starts to heal, you can stop using a bandage and just use petroleum jelly on the tip. This will keep his healing penis from sticking to his diaper.

Change his diaper often, and use mild soap and water to clean off poop that gets on his penis.

It’s normal for the tip of the penis to appear to have a crusty white or yellow coating. That helps it heal, so don’t wipe it off.

Once the penis is healed, usually after 7-10 days, you can wash it with soap and water.

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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