Circumcision care for infants

Little care for a circumcised penis is necessary. Rinse the circumcised area at each diaper change by squeezing warm water over the tip of the penis. You may use Vaseline on the tip of the penis with each diaper change for the first few days after the circumcision. This is not necessary, but may prevent the circumcision site from sticking to the diaper. After the circumcision is healed, you can bathe your baby in a tub without fear of harming the circumcision or penis.

There should be no bleeding. The head of the penis may show signs of irritation and appear whitish or yellowish in places as it heals.

If used, the plastibell will fall off in 3-5 days. The rim of the skin in front of the string will turn black and come off with the bell. Do not pull the plastibell off even if it’s barely on — the plastibell will come off by itself. You will probably find it loose in your baby’s diaper.

Call your child’s pediatrician:

  • If the penis becomes red or swollen
  • Your baby does not pass urine for longer than 8 hours
  • Any green drainage
  • Increased temperature