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Circumsision: Care of the Infant

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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about caring for a circumcision. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand.

Day One – Day of circumcision:
Diaper loosely. Do not rub or scrub the circumcision area. This may make it bleed. If needed, rinse by squeezing a wash cloth with lukewarm water over the area.

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Day Two:
Sit your baby in a tub of warm water to soak. Gently swish water over the circumcision to loosen dried blood. Gently remove Vaseine® gauze if still present. Then wipe clean with a wash cloth. This can be done during his bath. Do not use alcohol! Remember not to get his umbilical cord wet. Yellowish drainage on the end of the penis is a normal part of healing. Do not try to remove it.
With each diaper change, gently pull the skin back on the penis and clean with water. Do not use diaper wipes. When you pull back on the skin, you must be able to see the ridge, which is high on the top and almost gone on the bottom side of the penis. This should be done with every diaper change until your baby no longer wears diapers.

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You can clean your baby’s circumcision with the plastibell still on. See “Day One” above. The rim usually falls off in five to eight days. A dark brown or black ring around the plastic rim is normal. This will disappear when the rim drops off. Once the plastibell rims falls off, clean the circumcision area daily. See “Day Two” above.

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Call you baby’s doctor if there are:
• Signs of infection
• Unusual pain
• Swelling
• Unusual drainage
• Bleeding
• Fever over 100.6°F rectally.


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La informacion contenida en este material es unicamente informacion de tipo general. No debe considerarse como completa. Para obtener mas informacion acerca de los complementos para leche materna, por favor pidala a su doctor.
Corregido: 1994, 2000

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 1994, 2000


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