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Easy tips to keep in mind while cleaning your baby’s private parts

The first few times will no doubt be a little tricky, but with a little practice and some exchange of smiles and cooing words with your tiny one, you will soon become a pro.

When you are a first time parent, cleaning up your baby in the first few weeks can be a really difficult and mind-boggling task.

While cleaning the ears, eyes, nose, and mouth feel quite difficult but easy to manage, cleaning your baby's private parts can be a daunting task.

Cleaning your baby's private parts: Do's and Don'ts

It is important that you clean your newborn baby thoroughly, and this applies to the private parts, or the nappy areas, as well.

But if you think that cleaning your baby's private parts is something you just won’t be able to do properly, don’t worry.

The first few times will no doubt be a little tricky, but with a little practice and some exchange of smiles and cooing words with your tiny one, you will soon become a pro.

Cleaning your baby’s private parts: Tips for baby girls

Before you begin, make sure your nails are trimmed so that you do not accidentally scratch the baby.

Many times, it is possible that your baby’s poo enters the vaginal area, and it is very important to clean it. Here's how you can do it:

  • Take a moist cotton ball or a very soft clean and damp washcloth in one hand.
  • With the other hand, use your clean fingers to gently separate the vaginal area.
  • Very gently put the damp cotton ball or damp cloth on the vaginal area and clean from a front to back motion.
  • Make sure to do this very gently and not rub it vigorously.
  • Now take another fresh damp cotton ball or damp cloth and clean it once again.

At bath time:

  • In the initial few weeks, you can use only water to clean your baby.
  • Use a soft damp towel to gently wipe the vaginal area from front to back. NEVER wipe from back to front, as this can lead to urinary infection.

Some amount swelling around the vaginal area and some white, pinkish or slightly reddish discharge is normal in the first few weeks.

However, if your baby girl is in pain or is uncomfortable, or if you notice there is a lot of discharge, please feel to your baby’s paediatrician immediately.

Cleaning your baby’s private parts: Tips for baby boys

Before you begin, make sure your nails are trimmed so that you do not accidentally scratch the baby.

  • During bath time, use a damp soft cloth or damp soft cotton to gently wipe the penis area.
  • In the initial few weeks, the head of the penis can clean itself to some level, so do not try to pull back the foreskin.
  • Initially, it is best to only use water while cleaning your baby’s private parts, as soaps, even those that are meant to be very mild, can be irritating and burning on the skin.

In the first few weeks after the birth, your baby boy’s penis can look quite swollen, but this is normal. Your baby’s paediatrician will be examining these at all the consecutive appointments, but you can still speak to them about any concerns you might have.

Read: Things to AVOID while cleaning your baby's ears