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|Causes & Health Information|
Normal Circumcision Healing
- A circumcision is the removal of most of the male foreskin.
- The incision starts off red and tender. The tenderness should be much less by day 3.
- The scab at the incision line comes off in 7 to 10 days.
- If a Plastibell (plastic ring) was used, it should fall off by 14 days. 10 days is the average. While it can't fall off too early, pulling it off can cause bleeding.
- Complications: Wound infections occur in less than 1 out of 200 circumcised boys.
|CARE ADVICE FOR CIRCUMCISION PROBLEMS|
- 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.
- 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
And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the "Call Your Doctor" symptoms.
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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: 9/1/2012
Last Revised: 1/14/2013
Content Set: Child Symptom Checker
Copyright 1994-2012 Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.