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How should I care for my newborn baby's circumcision?

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Your son's penis will be quite red for a few days. This should disappear within about a week. If it gets worse, if you see any crusted sores with cloudy fluid, or if you're concerned, call your doctor.

Keep your son’s penis clean, especially after a dirty diaper. Use just water, or a mild cleanser and water, as needed. Dab a little petroleum jelly on the tip to keep it from sticking to the diaper.

SOURCES:

HealthyChildren.org: "Bonding With Your Baby," "Getting Your Baby to Sleep," "Making Sure Your Baby Is Getting Enough Milk," "Umbilical Cord Care,"  "The Circumcised Penis," "Reduce the Risk of SIDS."

Kidshealth.org: "A Guide for First Time Parents," "Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often," Diaper Rash."

Mayo Clinic: “Diaper rash.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 03, 2019

SOURCES:

HealthyChildren.org: "Bonding With Your Baby," "Getting Your Baby to Sleep," "Making Sure Your Baby Is Getting Enough Milk," "Umbilical Cord Care,"  "The Circumcised Penis," "Reduce the Risk of SIDS."

Kidshealth.org: "A Guide for First Time Parents," "Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often," Diaper Rash."

Mayo Clinic: “Diaper rash.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 03, 2019

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