Post Operative Aftercare Following Circumcision
Your baby has undergone a circumcision. the following is the circumcision atercare advice we offer and you can download a circumcision aftercare leaflet by clicking here. It is not a major procedure, but care in the first few days can prevent any problems. Bleeding is the main complication and although it is rare butit is possible following the procedure. Significant bleeding requiring a review is needed in less than 5% of babies. The reason why we ask you to stay for about half an hour after the procedure is to check that there is no bleeding.
You must keep the nappy area as clean as possible. Check your baby’s nappy area regularly and cleanse the area thoroughly if wet or dirty. No bathing should take place for the 24 hours following the circumcision.
After this time you should bathe your baby twice daily. You do not need to put salt in the bath water and avoid using bubble bath. A smearing of petroleum jelly, e.g. vaseline or soft yellow paraffin, on the front of your baby’s nappy will prevent his penis sticking to it.
Care of wound & infection
You should be able to see the bell at all times. It should come off between 5 to 14 days after the procedure. If it is still in place after 14 days please return to the clinic for us to remove the ring. The baby’s penis will be swollen until the ring falls off, but this is normal. A scab will form where the foreskin was removed.
Although all appropriate measures are taken to ensure the sterility of the procedure, a small number of baby’s acquire an infection. If you are worried about the wound please contact the clinic.
Your baby received a local anaesthetic before the procedure was performed, but could still be upset. You may find that he is a little difficult to settle byt do not be afraid of holding your baby. Rocking and cuddling him will help calm and reassure him.
Your baby has not had a general anaesthetic and therefore can feed normally. You should be aware though that he has had a slight shock and this may affect his feeding patterns during the first day or two.