Your child may eat a normal diet. Make sure he drinks plenty of fluids. Fluids help keep the urine clean.
A dressing with a clear plastic covering will be wrapped around the penis.
- If stool gets on the the outside of the dressing, clean it gently with soapy water. Be sure to wipe away from the penis. Do not scrub.
- Give your child sponge baths until the dressing is off. When you do start bathing your son, use only warm water. Do not scrub. Gently pat him dry afterward.
Some oozing from the penis is normal. You may see some spotting on the dressings, diaper, or underpants. If your son is still in diapers, ask your nurse about how to use two diapers instead of one.
Do not use powders or ointments anywhere in the area before asking your child’s doctor if it is okay.
Your child’s doctor will probably ask you to take off the dressing after 2 or 3 days and leave it off. You may do this during a bath. Be very careful not to pull on the urine catheter. You will need to change the dressing before this if:
- The dressing rolls down and is tight around the penis.
- No urine has passed through the catheter for 4 hours.
- Stool gets underneath the dressing (not just on top of it).
Infants may do most of their normal activities except for swimming or playing in a sandbox. It is fine to take your baby for walks in the stroller.
Older boys should avoid contact sports, riding bicycles, straddling any toys, or wrestling for 3 weeks. It is a good idea to keep your child home from preschool or daycare the first week after his surgery.