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Circumcision Problems

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Care at Home

  • WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: * The tip (head) of the penis can be red after the foreskin is removed. This is normal. * The rest of the penis should not be red. * Most circumcisions heal quickly. * Infections are rare. * Here is some care advice that should help.
  • PLASTIC RING: * Gently wash the area with warm water twice a day. * Also, do this if it becomes dirty with poop.
  • INCISION (NO PLASTIC RING IS PRESENT): * The dressing is gauze with petroleum jelly. Take this off 24 hours later. Sometimes, it will fall off on its own. If you need to remove it, use a warm wet washcloth. * Gently wash the area with warm water twice a day. Also, do this if it becomes dirty with poop.
  • OINTMENT FOR PAIN: * Put a layer of ointment on the incision line. This should lessen any pain and crying. * To prevent pain, use petroleum jelly. Put it on the incision line and head of the penis. Do this after each cleansing for the first 4 days. Other option: You can also use an antibiotic ointment. No prescription is needed. * Reason: Helps keep it soft and stops the diaper from sticking during healing.
  • BLEEDING: * The circumcision wound can normally bleed a few drops. Most often, this is caused by the diaper rubbing on the wound. * Will stop on its own or with a few minutes of direct pressure. * Can stop bleeding by keeping the area soft with an ointment.
  • WHAT TO EXPECT FOR A PLASTIC RING: * The plastic ring will normally fall off between 7 and 14 days (average 10). * It often hangs by a small piece of tissue for a few days. * It will come off on its own. * Pulling it off can cause bleeding. * It can't fall off too early.
  • STOP INFECTIONS: * Fasten the diaper loosely to prevent friction against the penis.
  • CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF: * Looks infected * Bleeding occurs * Plastic ring moves onto shaft of the penis * Plastic ring does not fall off by day 14 * Your child becomes worse

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