|The circumcised penis will require some care until the circumcision has healed. Follow your doctor's instructions, which usually include placing a vaseline gauze on the tip of the penis for a few days and replace it with diaper changes. This will keep the tip of the penis from sticking to the diaper. Once it is healed you can stop placing the gauze and no further care will be required. If a plastic bell was used to circumcise your baby, then you can expect it to fall off on its own in seven to ten days.
Keep in mind that a circumcised penis will be quite red and may develop yellow granulation tissue as it heals over the first week. If your baby has fever or has pus draining from the circumcision site, then you should notify your doctor. If there is any extra foreskin remaining after the circumcision, you can gently push it back to prevent it from readhesing.
If your baby is uncircumcised, then no special care is required. You do not need to pull back the foreskin or clean underneath it. The foreskin will begin to retract when your child is older and then he can begin cleaning it. You should never try and force the foreskin to retract, as this can cause pain and irritation.
You may occasionally notice whitish lumps of matter called smegma coming from underneath your child's foreskin. This is normal and is just the shedding of old skin cells that work their way out from under the foreskin. This can also occur in children that are circumcised if they have penile adhesions. In these children, the white material may cause the adhesions to separate as it comes out.
Once your child's foreskin becomes easily retractable, then it is time for him to begin cleaning this area on a regular basis when he takes his bath or shower. He can clean his foreskin by gently pulling it back, rinsing the head of the penis and the foreskin with warm soapy water and then pulling the foreskin back over the head of the penis.