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How do I care for a circumcision wound?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Surgical wound

Your surgeon should have provided clear instructions on the care of this procedure.
If not, pester his office for clear instructions.

In brief: Surgical wound

Your surgeon should have provided clear instructions on the care of this procedure.
If not, pester his office for clear instructions.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Vaseline

Apply aound the circumferential scar till healing complete.

In brief: Vaseline

Apply aound the circumferential scar till healing complete.
Dr. George Klauber
Dr. George Klauber
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2 comments
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Can also use Zinc oxide ointment until healed.
Dr. George Klauber
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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Angeline Hadi
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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#.

In brief: 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. Angeline Hadi
Dr. Angeline Hadi
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Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Call the doctor

Call the doctor who performed the surgery.
He is best able to answer this question.

In brief: Call the doctor

Call the doctor who performed the surgery.
He is best able to answer this question.
Dr. Robert Dorsey
Dr. Robert Dorsey
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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Scott Katz
Dr. Scott Katz
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