Care of the penis after circumcision

Circumcision is a surgical procedure that removes foreskin from the penis. Circumcision is a personal choice, so it is important that health care providers inform parents of the health benefits and risks of male newborn circumcision in an unbiased and accurate manner. For more information about circumcision, click on this link to the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement.

If you choose to have your son circumcised, follow these guidelines for care until your baby’s penis heals, usually in about seven to ten days:
• During bath time, wash the penis and diaper area with soap and warm water.
• For the first few days, put a new bandage on the penis each time you change your baby’s diaper and change the diaper often, fastening it loosely.
• Use petroleum jelly on the penis or on the part of the diaper or bandage that touches the penis. This helps prevent the diaper or bandage from sticking to or rubbing against the penis.

Call your baby’s doctor if normal flow of urine does not return within 12 hours after circumcision, there is persistent redness or bleeding around the tip of the penis, or there is nasty smelling drainage from the tip of the penis.

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