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Circumcision in Children


Circumcision is surgery to remove the foreskin of your child's penis. The foreskin is the fold of skin that covers the tip of the penis.



  • Ibuprofen or acetaminophen: These medicines are given to decrease your child's pain and fever. They can be bought without a doctor's order. Ask how much medicine is safe to give your child, and how often to give it.
  • Antibiotics: This medicine is given to fight an infection caused by bacteria. Give your child this medicine exactly as ordered by his healthcare provider. Do not stop giving your child the antibiotics unless directed by his healthcare provider. Never save antibiotics or give your child leftover antibiotics that were given to him for another illness.
  • Give your child's medicine as directed. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him or her if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.

Wound care:

Follow your healthcare provider's instructions on how to care for your child's circumcision. If your child has a bandage on, ask when it can be removed. If a plastic ring was used, it should fall off 3 to 10 days after his procedure. Ask when your child can bathe.

Contact your child's healthcare provider if:

  • Your child begins to vomit.
  • You have questions about your child's procedure, condition, or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Your child's incision is red, swollen, painful, or leaking pus.
  • Your child urinates very little or not at all.
  • Your child has a seizure.
  • Blood soaks through your child's bandage.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.