Understanding and Caring for Your Child’s Post-Circumcision Health

اختصاص جراحة مسالك بولية للاطفال Pdiatric Urology Surgeon specialist


Circumcision is a brief surgical procedure that involves removing the foreskin, the skin covering the head (glans) of the penis. It is often performed within the first few days or weeks after birth, usually taking less than 30 minutes and often done under local anesthesia to minimize discomfort.

Factors to Consider:

Parents opt for circumcision for various reasons, including cultural, religious, or cosmetic preferences. Some also consider it for potential medical benefits, such as a reduced risk of penile and urinary tract infections. However, it’s crucial to weigh the potential benefits against the risks.


While circumcision may reduce certain health risks, complications can occur in about 1.5% of cases, including infection, excessive bleeding, or issues related to pain relief. Additionally, leaving the foreskin intact may offer unique sensitivities and protective benefits. It’s important to note that routine newborn circumcision is not recommended in specific medical conditions, such as bleeding disorders or certain anatomical issues

What to Expect During Newborn Circumcision:

Different techniques may be used, but in general, the procedure involves removing the foreskin without the need for stitches. Most babies recover quickly, and initial redness and tenderness typically subside over the first few days. Some redness, swelling, and yellow pus may be normal during the healing process and usually resolve within a couple of weeks.

Post-Circumcision Care:

Your healthcare provider will provide detailed instructions tailored to the specific technique used during the circumcision. However, here are some general tips for caring for your son after the procedure:

  1. Gentle Cleaning:

   Clean the area with mild soap and water during diaper changes.

  1. Diaper Changes:

   Change your son’s diaper as usual.

  1. Petroleum Jelly Application:

   Apply petroleum jelly or another recommended ointment to prevent sticking to the diaper until scabbing resolves (usually within two weeks).

When to contact your doctor

It’s essential to stay vigilant during the healing process. Contact your doctor if:

– The circumcision site appears abnormal.

– Ongoing bleeding occurs (a few drops are normal).

– Signs of infection, like yellow liquid drainage, persist.

– Your son develops a fever or shows signs of illness.

– Difficulty with urination persists more than eight hours after circumcision.

Not Choosing Newborn Circumcision:

For parents opting not to circumcise, it’s important to know that over 90% of uncircumcised boys will naturally retract their foreskin by age five or six. Avoid attempting premature retraction, and if issues arise, consult your doctor. In cases of infection or non-retracting foreskin, a mild steroid cream may be prescribed, and consultation with a urologist may be recommended for further discussion.

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