Aftercare of a male neonatal circumcision

This page contains general information on care and what to expect after a male neonatal circumcision.

Example of diluted blood due to urination

Example of diluted blood due to urination

Example of small amount of blood, after the the procedure. Again, this is normal.

Example of small amount of blood, after the the procedure. Again, this is normal.

What care is needed after a circumcision?

Your baby boys circumcision was performed by a qualified doctor so rarely are there complications. The complications can be bleeding and infection however, these are rare.

Proper care after circumcision helps reduce the chances of complications. Your baby's doctor will give you specific instructions on the care of the circumcision.

After the procedure:

  • It is important that you keep the area clean.

  • There may be a gauze dressing with petroleum jelly or an antibiotic ointment. This can be applied after each nappy change.

  • Your baby's doctor may recommend applying a new dressing ointments etc each nappy change after the dressing has been removed.

  • The head of the penis may be very raw and red looking, however this is expected.

  • There may be a small amount of blood at first or yellow-colored drainage later. This is part of normal healing.

  • The head of the penis forms a soft yellow scab. It can look sloughy for a few days. Don’t rub it off as it is part of normal healing and comes away in a few days.

  • Keep the penis clean by having frequent baths after the dressing has been removed (Gauze can be removed in the bath if easier).

  • To a baby bath add one cup of table salt and soak the baby’s bottom end. This is effective in keeping the area clean and aids healing.

  • If possible time with the nappy off can aid healing as it allows air to circulate and dry the wound making sure baby is warm and not in direct sunshine.

  • Circumcision usually heals between 7 to 10 days but the swell is still evident for a much longer time. This is a normal part of the healing process.

  • Contact your baby’s doctor if you have any concerns regarding this procedure.

  • Your baby may be fussy after circumcision, cuddling him close and breast feeding can help comfort him.

  • Most boys do no require special care of the penis after the circumcision is healed.

  • Panadol is rarely needed post neonatal circumcision.

Feel free to contact me anytime post surgery for advice and support.

Kind Regards,

Judy Taylor