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Newborn Circumcision Care: What to Know for a Safe Recovery

The circumcision procedure usually only takes around 10 minutes from start to finish. It's important to know what the best practices are to follow both during and after the circumcision. The penis will be numbed before the circumcision, but the baby may still be a little upset or fussy afterwards. The area around the circumcision …

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The circumcision procedure usually only takes around 10 minutes from start to finish. It’s important to know what the best practices are to follow both during and after the circumcision. The penis will be numbed before the circumcision, but the baby may still be a little upset or fussy afterwards. The area around the circumcision may be red, bruised, or swollen as it heals. This blog post will discuss other normal signs. 

Newborn Circumcision Care: What to Know for a Safe Recovery

What to Expect

When you’re planning for your baby’s arrival, you may have considered circumcision as part of his care. Before you make a decision, it’s important to understand what’s involved in the procedure and what you can expect for your baby’s recovery.

How is newborn circumcision performed?

Circumcision is a simple procedure that removes the foreskin from the penis. The foreskin is the skin that covers the tip of the penis.

Circumcision is usually performed in the first few days after birth while your baby is still in the hospital. The procedure takes only a few minutes.

Your baby will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area. The doctor will then make a small cut in the foreskin and remove it. The cut is usually sealed with surgical glue or stitches that dissolve on their own.

After the procedure, your baby’s penis will be covered with a gauze dressing.

What are the risks of newborn circumcision?

Circumcision is generally a safe procedure. But like any surgery, there is a small risk of complications, such as bleeding or infection.

How do I care for my baby after circumcision?

Your baby’s penis will be covered with a gauze dressing after the procedure. The dressing should be left in place for 24 hours.

After that, you can remove the dressing and gently clean the area with warm water. Do not use soap on the wound.

You will also need to apply petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline) to the area several times a day to keep the wound from sticking to the diaper.

When to contact a health care provider after circumcision

Call your healthcare provider if:

The wound is not healing.

You see any redness, swelling, or pus coming from the wound.

The baby has a fever, or the circumcision site is hot.

The baby is not urinating.

The baby cries excessively or is irritable.

You have any other concerns.

When circumcision is done in the hospital

The circumcision will be done in the delivery room right after your baby is born. The doctor or nurse will hold your baby’s legs and insert a device called a Mogen clamp. The clamp is placed on the top half of the foreskin and squeezed. This cuts the foreskin from the head of the penis. The doctor or nurse may use a local anesthetic and give the baby a pacifier dipped in sugar water.

The doctor or nurse will then look at the circumcision site and make sure there is no bleeding. A sterile dressing is placed over the site. The doctor or nurse will then show you how to care for the circumcision site when you go home. The doctor or nurse will also give you a list of signs to watch for to make sure the circumcision is healing properly.

Conclusion

Circumcision is a minor operation to remove the foreskin of the penis. The foreskin is the skin that covers the head of the penis. Circumcision is usually done for religious or cultural reasons. It is a common procedure in the United States. Circumcision is done when the baby is born in many hospitals. It can also be done after birth in an outpatient surgery centre.

If you are looking for an Adelaide circumcision clinic, come to Adelaide Circumcision. We are Adelaide’s leading circumcision clinic, ready to help you and your child today!