There is some evidence that indicates there are life-long medical benefits to circumcision and little impact on sex life both court some degree of controversy , but most of the time it comes down to religious, ethical, and cultural beliefs. Unsurprisingly, the most care needs to be taken with newly circumcised boys. For newborns, medical circumcision is usually performed in the hospital on the second or third day of life; religious ritual circumcisions are usually performed in the second week of life. Both require cutting away living tissue, and that means there is vulnerable skin during the healing stage, which can take up to ten days. A small amount of Vaseline and a gauze pad may be used after the surgery and for a few days afterward; the particular schedule is determined by the doctor performing the circumcision.
If you chose to have your son circumcised , the 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. The next time the baby urinates, this dressing usually will come off. Some pediatricians recommend keeping a clean dressing on until the penis is fully healed, while others advise leaving it off.
Smegma is a substance made up of oil and dead skin cells. It can accumulate under the foreskin in uncircumcised males or around the folds of the labia in females. Left untreated, smegma can cause an odor or in some cases, harden and lead to irritation in the genitals. Read on to learn how to get rid of and prevent smegma buildup. The simplest way to remove smegma is to adjust your personal hygiene routine. In men, that means properly cleaning your genitals , including around and under your foreskin.
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. At birth, the foreskin of most male babies doesn't yet pull back retract fully. Treat the foreskin gently, being careful not to force it back. Forcing it could cause pain, tearing and bleeding. Consult the doctor if your baby seems to have discomfort while urinating — especially if the foreskin fills with urine or balloons out during urination — or the foreskin becomes red, itchy or swollen. As your child gets older, the foreskin of his uncircumcised penis will begin to separate from the tip of the penis. This allows the foreskin to be retracted.