Infection Control Following Circumcision

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With circumcisions, infections should be taken seriously, especially among younger patients. Therefore, it is important to understand how to carry out appropriate aftercare, as well as how to identify signs of an infection and when it is time to seek medical attention.

Below we have a guide on the different signs of infection to look for within different age groups. But firstly, it is important to remember that you will experience signs of the healing process also.

This may include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Itchiness
  • Tiny blotches of blood
  • A few weeks post-surgery you may develop a yellow-white film, which is common in healing. This is not puss or a sign of infection.

Signs of Infection in Children

Post-circumcision infections in young children can be more serious. Therefore, parents should prepare themselves in case their child needs medical assistance. If your child has recently had a circumcision, you should notify your clinic as soon as possible if you begin to notice the following:


  • Plastic ring has not fallen off after ten days
  • They have a fever of 38°C or more
  • Swelling is worse after three days
  • No wet nappies within 4-6 hours of the procedure
  • Continuous bleeding from their circumcision wound


  • Continuous bleeding
  • Fevers of 38°C or more
  • Unpleasant smelling discharge
  • Increase in swelling after three days
  • Plastic ring doesn’t fall off after 10 days of the procedure


  • Continuous bleeding
  • Fevers of 38°C or more
  • Unpleasant discharge
  • Increase in swelling after three days

Should you begin to notice any of the above signs of infection in your children, please contact the circumcision clinic immediately.

Signs of Infections in Adults

With adult circumcisions, the signs of infection can appear much more severely in comparison to a child. Therefore, you should be cautious of the following:

  • Significantly bleeding
  • Struggling to urinate
  • Severe swelling
  • Fevers of 38.5°C or more

Visiting Your Circumcision Clinic

If you begin to notice any of the above symptoms, or your child is pale, cold, not moving, is very weak, is experiencing significant blood loss or you are concerned in any way that they have a life-threatening emergency, please call 999 straight away.

At Modality Circumcision Service we aim to provide a safe environment for all of our patients. After circumcision, your specialist will guide you through the appropriate aftercare and the signs to look out for.

If you have any concerns regarding a circumcision, please contact our clinic on 0121 250 0386.