circumcision, the groin, penis, and scrotum may appear
reddish brown because of the liquid used to clean the skin before surgery. The
shaft of the penis where the skin was removed will look raw and slightly
Your baby will stay in the hospital or clinic for 2 to 4 hours
after the procedure. His penis will be checked for bleeding, and the
circumcision area may be covered with petroleum jelly and gauze.
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You will likely take your baby home
the same day he is circumcised. Some swelling around the penis is normal in the
first few days after the surgery. Some slight bleeding may occur. If this
happens, apply direct but gentle pressure to the area with a clean cloth or
bandage for about 5 to 10 minutes.
After surgery, your baby will
feel some pain. He may be fussy and have trouble sleeping.
If gauze was
used, it will probably come off when your baby urinates. Follow your doctor's directions about whether to put clean gauze on your baby's penis or to leave gauze off. If you need to remove gauze from the penis, use warm water to soak the gauze and gently loosen it.
yellow film will form over the circumcision site after surgery. This is part of
the normal healing process and should go away in a few days. Although the penis
is beginning to heal, it may look worse a few days after circumcision. The
penis should look like it's getting better about a week after surgery.
Care after surgery
Here are some things you can do
to help your baby feel more comfortable:
Gently wash the penis with warm water after
each diaper change. Don't use soap. Pat dry.
Put petroleum jelly,
such as Vaseline, on the circumcised area. Petroleum jelly keeps the scab from
sticking to the diaper.
Make sure diapers are fastened loosely so there is less
pressure on the penis while it heals.
Don't try to remove the film that forms on the penis. It will
go away on its own.
Ask your doctor about giving your baby
acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) for pain. Call your
doctor anytime your baby seems to be in a lot of pain.
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October 17, 2013
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