22 Aug 2022 | 3 min Read
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Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja welcomed a baby boy on Saturday, 20 August. She shared the news of the arrival of her baby boy via a post on Instagram. The post had Bob Marley’s famous song “Three Little Birds” and read “On 20.08.2022, we welcomed our beautiful baby boy with bowed heads and hearts. Thank you to all of the doctors, nurses, friends and family who have supported us on this journey. It’s only the beginning but we know our lives are forever changed. – Sonam and Anand.”
We congratulate the couple and wish them good luck in their parenting journey.
Taking care of a newborn, especially if you are first-time parents like Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja, can be nerve-wracking, and confusing, but if parents are prepared and have a list of dos and don’t of taking care of a newborn, life for them will be easier. When it comes to taking care of a baby boy’s genitals, there are some things parents need to watch out for. Here are some newborn care tips on how to clean and care for a baby boy’s genitals.
Just wipe the baby boy’s private area during diaper changes and rinse with warm, soapy water during bath time. Use a mild soap or cleanser to clean the baby boy’s genitals. Ensure that you apply a diaper cream during diaper changes to prevent diaper rashes and soothe the area.
Your paediatrician will advise when you can start gently pulling back the foreskin to clean under it. A baby boy’s foreskin is fused to the head of the penis unless circumcised and forcing it back can cause bleeding or pain. The skin usually does not separate until your son turns about 3-5 years old which you can confirm with the doctor. Then the foreskin easily moves back and forth and you can teach your little one to wash the area underneath regularly.
Clean your baby boy’s genitals regularly. Gently wash your baby’s penis and scrotum using warm water and a cotton ball. Use a soft towel to dry your baby’s penis and scrotum by patting gently. Avoid cleansing the penis using cotton swabs or antiseptics.
Only clean the outside of your baby’s foreskin. You can clean the inside of the foreskin when it easily pulls back on its own as mentioned above. However, sometimes it might not happen until puberty which is also completely normal.
Usually, a milky white substance called smegma gathers under the foreskin which is made of dead skin cells and natural secretions. This is completely normal. In case your baby boy is circumcised, soften the front area of the nappy with petroleum jelly. This will prevent your baby’s penis from sticking to the nappy until it has healed.
Avoid pulling the baby boy’s foreskin as it can hurt them. Unless circumcised, only cleanse the outer foreskin of the baby boy and avoid using any antiseptics as they are not needed.
Avoid using any fragrances around your baby boy’s genitals.
Caring for your baby boy’s genitals using these simple tips will ensure that he is healthy