4 Tips for Caring for Your Baby Boy’s Diaper Area
When I became the mother of a son, I was pretty terrified. After having two daughters, I felt certain that I knew nothing of the ways of boys. Would we talk about? What would we play? And horror of horrors — would he pee on me when I changed his diaper?
Luckily for me, things worked out just fine. Incredibly, I actually have not gotten peed on once (knock on wood) and I discovered boys are so much fun. But just in case you are a little worried about carrying for your baby boy's diaper area like I was, here are a few tips:
1.Keep an eye on circumcision healing
If your baby boy is circumcised, it is possible for the foreskin to grow back and reattach itself, so you will want to be sure to pull down and clean the foreskin at regular intervals. (This is to be done ONLY after the circumcision site heals, of course.) Gently pull the foreskin all the way down to be sure it doesn't regrow, and cleanse the area with a wet wipe or warm water.
2. If your son is not circumcised
If your son is not circumcised, caring for the foreskin will be different, because the foreskin is still attached to the head of the penis, so you shouldn't try to pull it down. It can take months or years for the foreskin to separate from the penis, so you will have to check with your doctor before attempting to pull it down to make sure it's safe.
After the foreskin detaches, you will have to teach your son to pull the foreskin back to cleanse the area whenever you bathe him or he bathes himself.
3. Watch for infection or issues
It is possible for a baby boy to get a urinary tract infection or for the site of a circumcision to be infected, so be sure to check for any discharge from the penis or any yellow drainage from the circumcision site.
You will also want to keep an eye on the testicles. If their appearance changes or you notice swelling it could be a sign of a hernia. It's also not uncommon for young baby boys to have undescended testicles. Usually this will resolve within the first six months of life, but you can check in with your doctor if you have questions.
4. Diaper rashes
If your little one is suffering from a diaper rash, keep in mind that the best remedy is letting the diaper area to dry out. If you can, allow your son to go diaper-free while laying on a towel as much as possible. While diapered, apply a diaper rash cream and be sure to keep an eye out if the rash gets worse or spreads. In some cases, parents can mistake a fungal infection for a diaper rash and in other cases, a diaper rash that won't clear up may signal a deeper problem, such as food allergies.
5. You don't need a pee guard
Really. You don't need one of those fancy triangle cup things to keep your baby boy from peeing on you. If you're nervous just place the clean diaper on the top as a “shield” while you do your business. You'll become a pro in no time.
Do you have any tips for caring for your baby boy's diaper area?