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A 33-year-old female asked about a male:

9mth old uncircumsied penus too is a bit red but not swollen or anything. is this from nappies & is it ok to put barrier cream on it?

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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
Pediatrics 43 years experience
IRRITATION:: From urine, stool; friction from diaper are common causes. Make sure to change diaper soon after voiding or bowel movement. Clean with lukewarm water, dry dabbing with cotton cloth, keep off diaper for an hour after cleaning. Can use decitin or Hydrocortisone 1% on the red area. If any worsening, see his pediatrician.
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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Barrier cream OK: However, fresh air is often all you need for minor "redness" to disappear. You could leave him out of nappies/diapers for a couple of hours. Try to lay him on a towel ; place towels around the crib so his pee doesn't go everywhere.
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Last updated Jun 25, 2014

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