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how do i care for a circumcision wound?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Depends on type: There are 3 methods of circumcision. The first is the plastibell which leaves a plastic ring around the wound. No care is required other than keeping the area clean until the ring falls off in 5-7 days. The other 2 methods use a clamp and require gauze and ointment for the first week. If you feel there is evidence of infection or the ring does not fall off, your son should be reexamined.
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Keep it clean. : Following circumcision, it is important to keep the area as clean as possible. Gently clean with soap and warm water — do not use diaper wipes. Your doctors may recommend putting a dab of petroleum jelly on the baby's penis or on the front of the diaper for 3 to 5 days to alleviate any potential discomfort caused by friction against the diaper. http://kidshealth.org/parent/system/surgical/circumcision.html#.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Vaseline, for 3 days: After the "foreskin" has been cut off, the wound area is a little oozy with a slight amount of blood and sticky material. For about 3 days, the parent can put some vaseline on the wound so the end of the penis doesn't stick to the diaper. Also, put some 4x4-inch gauze cloth around penis before closing the diaper (so less or no poop will get on the penis). After 3-4 days, no special care needed.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Vaseline: Apply aound the circumferential scar till healing complete.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Can also use Zinc oxide ointment until healed.
Mar 30, 2012
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Provided original answer
I personally dislike Zinc Oxide because it is difficult to wipe away if you need to lookk at skin underneath or in unlikely event that baby needs to be catheterized, develops a hematoma or PlastiBell ring needs to be removed. I just find Vaseline more esthetic. Bottom line is, iit's OK if it works.
Apr 6, 2012
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Surgical wound: Your surgeon should have provided clear instructions on the care of this procedure. If not, pester his office for clear instructions.
Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care 36 years experience
Call the doctor: Call the doctor who performed the surgery. He is best able to answer this question.

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How do I care for my baby's circumcision?

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Dr. Jason James
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Keep it clean!: For the first few days, cover the penis with gauze and vaseline. Each time you change the diaper, make sure there is no stool on the penis; if so, clean it with gauze and water. Replace the gauze and vaseline. If the head is not visible, push down at the base to ensure the foreskin heals to the shaft. A yellow discoloration is normal. Call your doctor if there is pus, fever, or active bleeding.
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Do circumcisions hurt babies?

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Dr. Sue Hall
Dr. Sue Hallanswered
Pediatrics 38 years experience
No: Babies definitely feel pain! the pain of circumcision can be minimized or eliminated by using a nerve block with Lidocaine to numb the penis before the surgery. Many doctors will also use an oral sucrose solution as a method of pain control. Many baby boys get through circumcision without crying at all. They can also be given tylenol (acetaminophen) if needed after the procedure to soothe any pain.
Dr. Sue Hall
Dr. Sue Hall commented
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Provided original answer
I did say that babies feel pain and certainly a circumcision without adequate pain relief will hurt a lot! My answer of "no" was intended to suggest that pain can be controlled. The injections are done with a fine gauge needle after giving sweet-eze, and honestly some babies never cry, and not because they are checked out. I didn't say either that I'm in favor of circumcision. That is entirely a matter of personal choice, even though there is no medical necessity for circumcision to be done.
Apr 22, 2011
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
LMX cream is so effective that many babies sleep through the entire procedure, some others give a little whimper as PlastiBell string is tied (most painful part of PlastiBell circumcision). Usually less than from the needle pain caused by the local anesthetic injection.
Sep 26, 2012
A 38-year-old member asked:

If it is a boy should I get him circumcised?

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Dr. Jeannette Lager
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Circumcision is an elective procedure and is a decision for the patient and her partner. The benefits of the procedure are a decreased risk in penile cancer (which is quite low in general) and decreased risk of HIV transmission (studied in a high risk population in africa). The risks are inherent to almost any procedure--bleeding, infection, damage to the penis. These risks are quite low.
A 21-year-old member asked:

My dentist has recommended the biopsy of the premalignant lesion. What should I do?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care 38 years experience
Have the biopsy: A premalignant lesion is called that because lesions of that type have a high risk of degenerating into cancer. Once the 'premalignancy' becomes actual cancer it is a much bigger problem to fix. Often times the biopsy removes all the abnormal cells. This will decrease the risk of degeneration into cancer to zero. Waiting to see what happens risk losing lots of normal tissue to cure a cancer.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Are there herbs which help surgical wounds to heal?

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Dr. Wesley Marquart
General Surgery 18 years experience
Unknown: This topic is not well studied.
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Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
I would make sure you have a good vitamin pill with lots of Vit C and eat high protein foods.
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