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Circumcision (cont.)

Circumcision Medical Treatment

Depending on the problem, the doctor may start your baby on antibiotics, cauterize or seal off the bleeding, or in some instances, perform surgery to fix the problem.

Self-Care at Home for Circumcision

The care after circumcision of your infant depends on the method that was used to perform the circumcision. Consult your doctor as that care varies. You may need to keep his penis wrapped in gauze that is dabbed with petroleum jelly or ointment and change this every time you change his diaper. You may simply be asked to keep the area clean and dry like the surrounding skin of the diaper area. Use sponge baths instead of tub baths to avoid getting his penis wet until healing is complete or the “ring” falls off, typically about one week after the surgery.

Follow-up for Circumcision

Take your child for follow-up care with his pediatrician at two weeks if no complications arise.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2015

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