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Our Guide to Circumcision Aftercare for Babies and Young Boys

When you’ve learnt all about how circumcision is performed, it’s only natural you’ll be thinking about circumcision aftercare. Circumcision aftercare for babies and young boys is relatively straightforward, but we’ve highlighted all you need to know right here.

Circumcision aftercare for babies and young boys – the basics

Keep the area clean

It’s best to avoid full body bathing until day two after surgery. For the first couple of days, sponge bathing is fine. After this, try to bath your child in a warm bath once a day, cleaning the penis gently with sensitive soap and water. Be sure to clean around the scrotum and anus carefully, removing any debris that may cause an infection. Some babies and boys will have a small amount of blood coming from the penis for the first couple of days, this is perfectly normal.

Watch out for excessive bleeding

While it can be normal to see a very small amount of blood after circumcision, if you notice more than a drop or see excessive bleeding then call your healthcare provider immediately. 

Check how often he urinates

One of the key things to watch for in circumcision aftercare is whether your child urinates. If your son doesn’t pass water for six hours or more, this could be a cause for concern, so do check in with your doctor.

Keep an eye on your child’s mood

If your son is extremely irritable or crying excessively, he could be trying to tell you something. If he doesn’t seem his usual self, it’s prudent to check in with the doctor or clinic where the circumcision was performed. It may be nothing to worry about, though it’s always best to get it checked.

Look out for excessive swelling

The penis normally becomes swollen after a circumcision. This tends to be at its worst the first few days following surgery. If, however, you think it is extreme, or getting rapidly worse, it could be a sign of infection.

Watch out for visible signs of infection

Visible signs of infection include redness, swelling and pus. If you see any of these, particularly all together, your child may need medical assistance. If your son does have an infection after circumcision, they may need a short course of antibiotics to clear it up.

If the plastic ring around your son’s penis has not yet fallen off

Following a circumcision procedure using the plastibell method, your son’s penis will have a plastic ring around it. This should fall off within five to seven days. If it has still not fallen off beyond this time, check in with your doctor about what to do next. 

Circumcision aftercare – pain relief

Although a circumcision is a straightforward procedure, it can leave your boy experiencing some pain and discomfort. Therefore, it’s essential to keep on top of your child’s pain relief by administering medicine suitable for the age of your child, as directed by your circumcision doctor. Standard children’s paracetamol is usually advised, though you may also be instructed to try ibuprofen to help alleviate swelling.

Complications

The main complication experienced by circumcision patients is bleeding. However, this is extremely rare and nearly all patients recover just fine. At Modality Circumcision Clinic, we ask all our patients to stay at the clinic for a couple of hours following the procedure, so our specialists can intervene if required. After this time, the risk of excessive bleeding is drastically reduced, though it is something to keep an eye out for at home. 

Professional circumcision aftercare for babies and young children

When a child comes to Modality Circumcision Services for a procedure, they will have 24/7 access to a team of doctors and medical experts should they be needed. That way, you can rest assured they are in great hands, and professional, medical help is only a step away. For more information on our circumcision procedures or circumcision aftercare for babies and young children, please call 0121 250 0386, or email circumcision.bham@nhs.net.