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Normal Circumcision Healing
FIRST AID Advice for Bleeding: Apply direct pressure to the area with a clean cloth.
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|HOME CARE ADVICE FOR CIRCUMCISION PROBLEMS|
- The tip (head) of the penis is normally very red after the foreskin is removed.
- The shaft of the penis should not be red.
- Most circumcisions heal easily.
- Infections are rare.
- Plastibell Ring: Gently cleanse the area with warm water twice a day and whenever it becomes soiled with poop.
- Incision (No Plastic Ring is Present):
- Remove the dressing (which is usually gauze with petroleum jelly) with a warm wet washcloth 24 hours after the circumcision was done.
- Gently cleanse the area with warm water twice a day and whenever it becomes soiled with poop.
- Ointment for Pain:
- Apply a layer of ointment to the incision line. This should reduce any pain and crying.
- To prevent pain, also apply petroleum jelly (or an OTC antibiotic ointment) to the incision line and head of the penis after each cleansing for the first 4 days.
- Reason: to keep it soft and prevent the diaper from sticking during healing.
- The circumcision wound can normally bleed a few drops.
- Cause: usually friction from a diaper
- Will stop on its own or with a few minutes of direct pressure
- Can prevent by keeping the area soft with an ointment
- Expected Course For Plastibell 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.
- Pulling it off can cause bleeding.
- It can't fall off too early.
- Prevention of Infections: Fasten the diaper loosely to prevent friction against the penis. Avoid tub baths until 2 days after the cord has fallen off.
- Call Your Doctor If:
- Looks infected
- Large bleeding occurs
- Minor bleeding recurs 3 or more times
- Plastibell ring moves onto shaft of penis
- Plastibell ring does not fall off by day 14
And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the "Call Your Doctor" symptoms.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.
Last Reviewed: 1/19/2009
Last Revised: 12/29/2008
Content Set: Pediatric HouseCalls Online
Copyright 1994-2009 Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.