Home Care Advice for Circumcision Problems
Plastibell Ring: Gently cleanse the area with warm water twice a day and whenever it becomes soiled with poop.
Incision (No Plastic Ring is Present):
- The tip (head) of the penis is normally very red after the foreskin is removed.
- The shaft of the penis should not be red.
- Most circumcisions heal easily.
- Infections are rare.
Ointment for Pain:
- Remove the dressing (which is usually gauze with petroleum jelly) with a warm wet washcloth 24 hours after the circumcision was done. Often, the gauze has already fallen off on its own.
- Gently cleanse the area with warm water twice a day and whenever it becomes soiled with poop.
- Apply a layer of ointment to the incision line. This should reduce any pain and crying.
- To prevent pain, also apply petroleum jelly or an antibiotic ointment (no prescription needed) to the incision line and head of the penis after each cleansing for the first 4 days.
- Reason: to keep it soft and prevent the diaper from sticking during healing.
Expected Course For Plastibell Ring:
- The circumcision wound can normally bleed a few drops.
- Cause: usually friction from a diaper
- Will stop on its own or with a few minutes of direct pressure
- Can prevent by keeping the area soft with an ointment
Prevention of Infections: Fasten the diaper loosely to prevent friction against the penis.
Call Your Doctor If:
- The plastic ring will normally fall off between 7 and 14 days (average 10).
- It often hangs by a small piece of tissue for a few days.
- It will come off on its own.
- Pulling it off can cause bleeding.
- It can't fall off too early.
- Looks infected
- Large bleeding occurs
- Minor bleeding recurs 3 or more times
- Plastibell ring moves onto shaft of penis
- Plastibell ring does not fall off by day 14
And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the "Call Your Doctor" symptoms.
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Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. Clinical content review provided by Senior Reviewer and Healthpoint Medical Network.
Last Review Date: 6/1/2011
Last Revised: 8/1/2011 3:40:17 PM
Content Set: Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker
Version Year: 2012
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