when is it okay to give your baby a bath after he gets circumsised

Nicole - posted on 11/30/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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my son got snipped on nov 18th and the doctor says wait 3-7 days but he still seems a lil bothered by it so what should i do bathe him or wait a lil longer i think the bath will make it feel better or wait a lil longer

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C. - posted on 12/01/2009

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Haha, I looked it up and you are right, Marian. There are different types. But I am still curious as to why the doctors never asked any of us which type of circ we all wanted our sons to have? I am thinking that it is the "standard" circ, right? The one where you use the gauze and vaseline..??

Oh, and FYI.. You said "you can immerge him in water as soon as the umbilical cord falls off".. I am assuming you were referring to what I wrote about not Submerging her little guy in the water? I said in the first two lines

"You are only supposed to be giving your baby sponge baths until their umbilical cord stump falls off. If his hasn't yet, then don't give him a bath."

I was just assuming that his hasn't yet since he had been circumcised not too long ago. I should have clarified that better, so I apologize for that.

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Jessica - posted on 12/03/2009

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i would wait until its healed. my son had like yellow stuff for a couple days. also wait until the belly button cord comes off before you give him a real bath. i think its better safe tan sorry so just wait it out. sponge baths are the best until everything is healed. hope that helps =]

Ashley - posted on 12/02/2009

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well my son got done we were never told when we could and couldnt bath him. so i bathed him everyday. with both my sons they were bathed the day they were born. fully submerged in water by the hospital. we were told to just dry around the umbillical cord really well and within a wk both of my sons had fallen off.

C. - posted on 12/01/2009

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Quoting marian:



Quoting Christina:

You are only supposed to be giving your baby sponge baths until their umbilical cord stump falls off. If his hasn't yet, then don't give him a bath. It can keep the stump from drying out like it's supposed to and cause an infection. As for the Circ Site.. DO NOT SUBMERGE IN WATER!!! You should still be putting vaseline on it so it can heal.. Are you still doing that? If not, I would recommend doing that for a while longer. Even if it LOOKS ok, you want to be SURE it's ok. So when you change his diaper, just GENTLY clean the affected area, apply some vaseline to a piece of gauze, put the gauze w. the vaseline directly on the Circ Site (be certain that the vaseline is what is touching the Circ site, not the gauze itself!) and THEN put the diaper on him. That will prevent the Circ Site from sticking to the diaper and help it heal.






Just fyi, there are different types of circs, so be sure to ask your pediatrician which type your baby has and how to care for it, some need the vasoline and gauze, and some you do not use vasoline, because it can cause it to dislodge, which would mess up the circ.





Hmm.. Thanks for the "fyi". I am only familiar with the type where they use vaseline and gauze. I have 1 brother, 5 nephews, one son of my own, two male cousins (one is about 10 and the other is just over a year old). That is the only type of circumcision I have ever heard of. 



But I am curious, if there ARE in fact different types of circumcisions, then why, when they took my son to get his circ done, did they not ask me for a preference? I am assuming that is b/c MOST hospitals do the same thing, right? Seems to me anyway, since we have had babies born in many states (we're a military family) and all of them have had the same kind and no one ever asked which type of circ they wanted their son to have..

Marian - posted on 12/01/2009

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Quoting Christina:

You are only supposed to be giving your baby sponge baths until their umbilical cord stump falls off. If his hasn't yet, then don't give him a bath. It can keep the stump from drying out like it's supposed to and cause an infection. As for the Circ Site.. DO NOT SUBMERGE IN WATER!!! You should still be putting vaseline on it so it can heal.. Are you still doing that? If not, I would recommend doing that for a while longer. Even if it LOOKS ok, you want to be SURE it's ok. So when you change his diaper, just GENTLY clean the affected area, apply some vaseline to a piece of gauze, put the gauze w. the vaseline directly on the Circ Site (be certain that the vaseline is what is touching the Circ site, not the gauze itself!) and THEN put the diaper on him. That will prevent the Circ Site from sticking to the diaper and help it heal.



Just fyi, there are different types of circs, so be sure to ask your pediatrician which type your baby has and how to care for it, some need the vasoline and gauze, and some you do not use vasoline, because it can cause it to dislodge, which would mess up the circ.

Marian - posted on 12/01/2009

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sponge bath is ok immediately after, and you can immerge him in water as soon as the umbilical cord falls off

Dusty - posted on 12/01/2009

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well when i had my son they told me to wash the baby in warm water for the frist few days. so try that and see if that helps just having warm water. it helped my son

C. - posted on 11/30/2009

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You are only supposed to be giving your baby sponge baths until their umbilical cord stump falls off. If his hasn't yet, then don't give him a bath. It can keep the stump from drying out like it's supposed to and cause an infection. As for the Circ Site.. DO NOT SUBMERGE IN WATER!!! You should still be putting vaseline on it so it can heal.. Are you still doing that? If not, I would recommend doing that for a while longer. Even if it LOOKS ok, you want to be SURE it's ok. So when you change his diaper, just GENTLY clean the affected area, apply some vaseline to a piece of gauze, put the gauze w. the vaseline directly on the Circ Site (be certain that the vaseline is what is touching the Circ site, not the gauze itself!) and THEN put the diaper on him. That will prevent the Circ Site from sticking to the diaper and help it heal.

Kelly - posted on 11/30/2009

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You aren't supposed to really "bathe" them until their belly button falls off, but you can was them with a warm rag and some baby soap. Just make sure you don't leave the soap on. Don't put his wee-wee in the water yet. I just kept putting the ointment on it until it was healed...

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