Baby Care: Circumcision Care
|How to Care for Your Baby's Circumcision|
The circumcised penis needs very little care. Rinse the circumcision area at each diaper change by squeezing warm water over the tip of the penis. You may place a gauze sponge with Vaseline over the tip of the penis until the area is healed. If a “plastibell” is used, the Vaseline on a gauze sponge is usually not needed.
If a plastibell is used, the bell (plastic ring), will fall off in 5 to 8 days. The rim of skin in front of the string will turn black and come off with the bell. Do not pull the plastibell even if it is barely still attached. The plastibell will come off by itself. You will probably find it loose in your baby’s diaper. Do not sit your baby in a tub of water until after the circumcision is healed.
There should be no active bleeding. The head of the penis may be irritated. It can also appear whitish or yellowish in places as it heals. This is normal. Call the doctor if the penis is bleeding, becomes reddened, swollen, or is draining.
Care of the Uncircumcised Baby
Do not pull back (retract) the foreskin (the skin covering the tip of the penis) of your baby. Forcing the foreskin back may harm the penis, causing pain, bleeding, and possibly, scar tissue. The natural separation of the foreskin from the tip of the penis.