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what is the best way to care for my son's skin after circumcision?

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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Specializes in Pediatrics
A&D ointment: Until the penis has healed which usually is only two or three days vitamin a&d ointment should be applied either directly to the penis or generously applied to the front of the diaper to prevent the healing wound from sticking to the diaper.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Gently: The area needs cleaned with lukewarm water until healed. Covering the area with a gel such as petrolatum jelly, vaseline, or a &d ointment soothes and protects the glans from rubbing.It often can take several weeks for it to totally heal. When the color becomes flesh tone, that usually means it has healed.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Vaseline, a few days: After the "foreskin" has been cut off, the wound area is a little oozy with a slight amount of blood and sticky material. For about 3 days, the parent can put some vaseline on the wound so the end of the penis doesn't stick to the diaper. Also, put some 4x4-inch gauze cloth around penis before closing the diaper (so less or no poop will get on the penis). After 3-4 days, no special care needed.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Agree with Dr Kwok. But watch out for redness around the urinary opening which can occur from glans penis rubbing against diapers. This can lead to meatal stenosis (Narrowing). Baby is best left without diapers fa couple of hours untill redness has disappeared, then rediaper. U can place baby on a towel & drape towels aound the crib to contain any urine. Meatal stenosis is the most common complication of circumcision & occurs in up to 5% of circumcised babies.
Jul 26, 2013
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Petrolatum: Wash and wipe around penis till healed. Remove poop if necessary. Use lots of vaseline until it has healed. Later on look out for meatitis which is redness and inflammation around the urinary opening, this can lead to meatal stenosis (narrowing). Leave him out of diapers in crib if there is redness, allow air to get to it, and use Bacitracin or vaseline when he has to be put into his diaper.
Dr. Jesse Mills
Urology 20 years experience
Soap and water: Just keep it clean with baby soap and water between diaper changes. Don't run with baby wipes as that can be painful.

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