In an uncircumcised penis, a fold of skin foreskin covers the head of the penis. If your baby isn't circumcised, simply wash his penis with nonirritating soap and water during each bath. There's no need to use cotton swabs or special cleansers.
It is important to look after your child's penis and foreskin to keep it healthy and prevent redness, pain and infection. The foreskin is the loose skin covering the head glans of the penis. The foreskin cannot be retracted pulled back from the head of the penis in most newborns, but over time the foreskin separates and is able to be retracted.
If you chose to have your son circumcisedthe procedure probably has been performed in the hospital on the second or third day after birth, but may be done after discharge during the first week of life. Ritual circumcisions for religious reasons are usually performed in the second week of life. Afterward, a light dressing such as gauze with petroleum jelly will have been placed over the head of the penis.
Some children may develop foreskin problems. Many of these issues either go away on their own or with the help of prescription medicine. Proper foreskin care is the best way to prevent many of these issues.
My penis has redness, itching and a white discharge - other than an STI [sexually transmitted infection], what could be the cause? Balanitis is a dermatological condition that affects the skin of the head of the penis. Balanitis is more likely to occur if there is phimosis, a condition where a tight foreskin can't retract back over the penis.
Once your son goes through puberty and he can easily pull back his foreskin, you should encourage him to do so for cleaning while in the bath or shower. During childhood, many boys can begin to pull back their foreskin as it separates gradually from the glans. This is still normal.
Circumcision of baby boys is an optional surgical procedure to remove the layer of skin called the foreskin or the prepuce that covers the head glans of the penis. It is most often done during the first few days after birth. Parents who decide to circumcise their newborn boys often do so for religious, social or cultural reasons.
When their little one comes into the world, new parents might be surprised by their baby's appearance. Instead of the picture-perfect cherub, babies often look bluish, are covered with blood and cream-cheesy glop, and look like they've just been in a fist-fight. The features that may make a normal newborn look strange are temporary. After all, babies develop while immersed in fluid, folded up in an increasingly cramped space inside the uterus.
And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the 'Call Your Doctor' symptoms. Disclaimer: this health information is for educational purposes only. You, the reader, assume full responsibility for how you choose to use it.