Once your baby is circumcised, the recovery process is relatively straightforward. You can expect some redness and swelling in the area, which should subside within a few days. Your baby may also experience some discomfort and may need some pain relief.
After baby circumcision, you should do a few things to help them heal and feel comfortable. This article will tell you just that.
First 24 Hours
After the baby’s circumcision, there are a few things you need to do to care for the area. Here they are:
- Make sure your son is wrapped up snugly, especially around his legs. The more he kicks his legs, the less comfortable he may be. After the first day, you can continue to swaddle him if he finds it comforting, but it is unnecessary.
- There will be a Vaseline-coated 3×3 gauze placed over the head of your son’s penis. The gauze should be left in place for 24 hours and then removed. If the gauze falls off, replace it with a new one.
- It is essential to regularly check your baby’s nappy for any abnormal bleeding during the first 24 hours after baby circumcision.
- If the gauze over the penis becomes soiled with urine, there is no need to worry, but please do not leave it alone either. However, if the gauze becomes soiled with stool, remove it gently and rinse the area with warm water. Then, apply Vaseline before putting clean gauze.
General Care after the First 24 Hours
After the first 24 hours of the baby’s circumcision, it is essential to keep an eye on how he is doing. Here are a few things to look out for:
- For the next few weeks after circumcision, apply a generous amount of Vaseline to your finger and rub it over the incision site, making sure to cover the entire head of the penis.
- The skin on the head of the penis needs to be pushed down if it has moved up to heal properly. However, the skin should not be pushed for the first two days after surgery because it is still swollen.
It is essential to avoid mucosal adherence (when the mucosa attaches to the head of the penis) or skin bridging (when the skin attaches to the head of the penis). If a baby cries for more than a few minutes, he might have swallowed air and need to be burped.
- Babies who are circumcised often like to be nursed in a quiet environment afterwards. If a baby cries for more than a few minutes, he may have swallowed air and need to be burped.
- Babies usually sleep well after circumcision. The best position for your baby to sleep in is on his side, with a blanket roll supporting him.
- The area around the penis should be kept clean and dry to promote healing. Warm water and a cotton ball or washcloth are preferred for cleaning. Avoid moistened towelettes, alcohol, powders, and lotion since these may irritate. Do not bathe your son before the doctor has said that it is ok to do so, which is after three to four days.
There are a few things you should do after your baby’s circumcision. First, make sure to clean the area. You can also use a mild antiseptic. Next, apply a small amount of petroleum jelly to the area because it will help to keep the area moist and prevent the formation of scabs.
Most importantly, keep an eye on the area for any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or discharge. If you notice any of these, be sure to contact your doctor.
If you believe it is time for the baby’s circumcision, you should reach out to Adelaide Circumcision. We offer a safe and hygienic way to remove the foreskin. So, contact us now to book an appointment!