DIAPER CARE OF YOUR INFANT:

Change your baby’s diaper often.

• Use P-Shield. Keep the diaper area clean by washing gently with a clean washcloth using baby soap and warm water. Be sure to rinse off all the soap and allow the area to dry before putting on a new diaper. Note: diaper wipes may be irritating to your baby’s skin.

• For boys – lift the scrotum and wash all the skin folds carefully with warm water. If your baby is not circumcised, do not pull back the foreskin. This is not only painful for your baby but can cause an infection.

• For girls- Always wipe gently from front to back to avoid spreading bacteria into the vaginal area. Use a clean cloth with each wipe. Separate the skin folds and wash gently with plain warm water.

• Remember to always wash your hands before and after changing a diaper. If you would like to have your baby boy circumcised, please tell his doctor.

CARE OF THE CIRCUMCISED PENIS:

• For the first few days, the tip of the penis may be red and have yellow drainage.

• Gomco circumcision: apply petroleum jelly and gauze for 1-2 days with each diaper change, to keep the diaper from sticking to the penis. If the diaper area becomes red (irritated), leave the clean diaper area exposed to air. This will help the area heal. If a rash appears, apply a diaper ointment that contains zinc oxide to clean, dry skin. If the rash persists for more than 3 days, call your baby’s doctor for further instructions.

• Plastibell circumcision: the plastic ring and string usually drops off within 5 to 8 days.

• Keep the penis clean until healed, about 7 to 10 days.

• Call your doctor if there is swelling or foul-smelling drainage, redness that gets worse after 3 days, and if there are more than a few drops of blood from the circumcision.

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