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Circumcision

What is a circumcision?

A circumcision is the removal of the extra foreskin on the penis. It is performed by Dr. Hardy on the day of discharge from the hospital. Dr. Hardy uses a local anesthetic to numb the tip of the penis. A Mogen or Gomco clamp is used to help Dr. Hardy remove the excess skin. The incision is red and tender at first. The tenderness should be minimal by the third day. The scab at the incision line comes off in 7 to 10 days. Any cuts, scrapes, or scabs on the head of the penis may normally heal with yellowish-colored skin if your baby has been jaundiced. This bilirubin in healing tissue is commonly mistaken for an infection or pus.

How can I take care of my child?

Gently cleanse the area with water 3 times a day or whenever it becomes soiled. Soap is usually unnecessary. Petroleum jelly should be applied to the tip of the penis after cleansing and with each diaper change to keep it soft during healing.

When should I call my child's pediatrician?

Call IMMEDIATELY if your child has been circumcised recently and:

  • The urine comes out in dribbles.
  • The head of the penis turns blue or black.
  • The incision line bleeds more than a few drops.
  • The circumcision looks infected.
  • Your baby develops a fever.
  • Your baby is acting sick.