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If you have just had a baby you will surely have thousands of doubts about its care. Among them those that refer to the care and cleaning of their genitals.
How is the baby's penis cleaned? Will I hurt him? How do you know if you have phimosis? On our site we clarify all these doubts with this practical guide to caring for your baby's penis.
The baby's penis and the adult's penis are not the same. The main difference is that the baby's foreskin is glued to the glans, it is not retractable. While that of an adult retracts without problems. This is to protect the glans but, as the child grows, it becomes detached.
What is external or not covered by the skin of the foreskin in babies is the urine hole, therefore, if there is no other complication, the pee can come out without problems.
In cases where the baby is not circumcised, the foreskin retracts on its own, although this separation may not be completely completed until puberty.If you have a male child, your pediatrician has probably given you some recommendations for caring for the baby. baby's penis from the first days.
- During the first years of life, in each bathroom, parents must wash the baby's penis with mild soap and water. We will also try, without forcing or pulling, lower the skin of the foreskin a little so that the water enters and can clean the remains of urine and also to encourage it to go down and prevent the child from suffering from infections to phimosis or paraphimosis.
- We remember that this movement does not have to be forced nor get to the point where the skin does not give more of itself. We must never force or push excessively down the foreskin, if the skin has not separated naturally we could cause a wound that will cause more complications when healing. If the skin peels off in a traumatic way, the wound it causes will stick it back to the glans when it heals.
- It is important too dry it properly to prevent the child from getting yeast infections.
- As the child grows it is advisable to teach children to retract their skin when they bathe because water and moisture can gradually undo the adhesions of the skin.
Circumcision is an operation that is performed in the operating room and consists of cutting and removing the foreskin, which is the piece of skin that covers the glans. If it is not done within the first two weeks of the baby's life, it is usually postponed until several weeks or months later.
- In the same way, circumcised penises should be washed with a mild soap during bath time. It is possible that after the operation, there is a slight bleeding and discomfort in the baby.
- It is necessary to control the suture and monitor that there is no infection.
- After the circumcision has healed, the penis requires no more care than the usual daily hygiene.
Many pediatricians remind parents to pull down the foreskin without further explanation, and sometimes mothers or fathers tend to force the skin to wound that, in addition to the pain and discomfort when urinating that it will cause the baby, will make the skin stick even more to the glans when it heals.
In the past, pediatricians would pull the foreskin without anesthesia or further preparation of the baby and asked the parents to continue lowering the skin in subsequent days. Nowadays it is a maneuver totally discouraged even more in babies since the skin is stuck in a natural way and it is necessary that time passes for it to come off.
Do not wash it well or let water enter to clean the remains of urine and moisture as it can cause fungus.
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