Whether or not your newborn son is circumcised, you should wash his penis like any other part of the body. If he is not circumcised, do not pull the foreskin back. Around school age, the foreskin will begin to retract on its own. Sometimes, a white material is found on the head of the penis between the head and the foreskin border. Don’t be concerned since this is skin cells shed by the penis, not infection. Gently wipe the material away.

As with the penis, the vagina should also be washed like any other part of the body. Please note that after birth, hormonal changes can occur in your baby girl, which may cause a white discharge or slight amount of vaginal bleeding. This is normal and will usually disappear within the first few days of life.