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My baby boy is circumcised. What are problems with his penis that I should watch for?

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Problems are rare after a circumcision, but let your doctor know if:

Usually once the circumcision is healed, you don’t need to do anything special. Just keep the area clean and dry so your son stays healthy and comfortable.

  • Your baby doesn’t pee within 6-8 hours after the circumcision
  • The bleeding doesn’t stop
  • Redness gets worse after a few days
  • You notice swelling, crusted yellow sores or discharge from the penis.

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Newborn Circumcision.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Care for an Uncircumcised Penis,” “What Is Circumcision,” “Caring for Your Son’s Penis.”

Ari Brown, MD, pediatrician, American Academy of Pediatrics spokeswoman, Austin, TX.

Mayo Clinic: “Circumcision (Male).”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Newborn Circumcision.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Care for an Uncircumcised Penis,” “What Is Circumcision,” “Caring for Your Son’s Penis.”

Ari Brown, MD, pediatrician, American Academy of Pediatrics spokeswoman, Austin, TX.

Mayo Clinic: “Circumcision (Male).”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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