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Taking Your Baby Home
by Robert M. Selig, M.D., FAAP & Joann C. Cozza, D.O., FAAP

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23: How Do I Care For My Baby’s Circumcision?

When you see your baby for the first time after the circumcision, there will be a piece of Vaseline gauze wrapped around the tip of the penis. Once you get home, it is not necessary to use this gauze. Gently apply Vaseline to the red area at the head of the penis where the circumcision was performed. The Vaseline forms a protective layer over the skin until it is healed. The redness will fade over the next week as the circumcision heals. You can stop applying the Vaseline once the redness has faded.

The skin around the penis will appear a little swollen for a few days after the circumcision. As this swelling resolves, the skin below where the circumcision was performed may appear to cover the head of the penis. Gently pull back this skin and continue to apply Vaseline to this area until all the redness resolves.

If this skin does reattach itself, do not become alarmed. We can easily separate it in the office when you bring the baby in for the first visit. If you have any concerns about your baby’s circumcision, please give us a call. Your baby’s circumcision should not cause your baby any discomfort. Remember, keep the diaper folded down with the plastic folded out. Keep the diaper loose to increase the air circulation in the diaper area. This will speed up the healing process.

 

24: If I Choose Not To Circumcise My Baby, Is There Any Special Care Necessary?

No. The separation of the foreskin is a normal developmental process and requires no help. No cleaning or retraction of the skin is necessary. Most foreskins will retract on their own by the age of 5 6 years.

 

25: When Can I Take My Baby Outside And How Should I Dress Him/Her?

If the weather is pleasant outside, you can take your baby out for a walk as soon as you arrive home. If the weather is extremely cold, neither of you should be outside unless properly bundled up.

Dress your baby according to how you are dressed. If you are lightly dressed because it is warm, then keep your baby lightly dressed. If you are bundled up because it is cold, your baby deserves the same warmth and should be dressed appropriately. This applies to inside and outside.

In the summer, avoid direct sunlight, as your baby's skin and head will burn. Use a hat for added protection.

In the winter, when outside, cover your baby's feet, hands, and head. Shield your baby’s face from the wind, but never cover the face completely. Try to warm up your car before taking your baby out. If the weather is extremely cold, it may be better to wait till the weather improves.

 

26: Should My Routine Change?

It is important to get plenty of rest. If you are tired, try napping when your baby is napping. Your meals should be healthy and well balanced. It is not necessary to change your diet if you are nursing.

If your baby is having an excessive amount of gas, sometimes changing your diet (by eliminating certain foods) may help this problem. We can give you suggestions if the need arises.

Nursing mothers should not try to lose weight by excessive dieting. Nursing will burn off extra calories for you. Continue taking your prenatal vitamins as long as you are nursing. It is normal to be thirsty. Drinking extra fluids is helpful and will help to maintain your milk supply.

There are very few medicines that you cannot take when you are nursing. Avoid aspirin and aspirin containing medicines. Tylenol (or equivalent brand) and codeine can safely be used for pain if prescribed by your doctor. Decongestants (Sudafed) are safe if you have a cold. Antihistamines can be used, but may decrease your milk supply and make your baby sleepy. Most antibiotics are safe to take when you are nursing.

 

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