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Circumcision (cont.)

Circumcision Treatment

After the circumcison, the doctor will dress the wound. If there are problems, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics and might have to perform surgery.

When to Seek Medical Care after Circumcision

A small amount of oozing, soreness (an irritable baby), bleeding, swelling, and yellow crust formation around the incision is normal after circumcision. Call the doctor if these conditions develop:

  • discoloration of the penis (could be signs of insufficient blood flow or infection);
  • bleeding that does not stop within a few minutes, or a spot of blood in the diaper larger than a silver dollar;
  • discharge that includes pus, or spreading redness;
  • fever (typically a rectal temperature of 11.4 F or more);
  • not making urine; or
  • unable to be comforted.

Go to the hospital's emergency department to have your baby checked if your child shows signs of infection (such as spreading redness, pus, swelling, or fever), displays blood-flow problems, has bleeding that does not stop, or if you are unable to reach the baby's doctor.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2015

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