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Circumcision of your Baby


Circumcision is a procedure to remove the foreskin of your child's penis. The foreskin is the fold of skin that covers the tip of the penis. It usually takes 7 to 10 days for your baby's penis to heal. The tip may be slightly red and swollen within the first couple of days. You may also notice a small amount of yellow discharge or crust. This is normal.


Contact your baby's healthcare provider if:

  • Your baby has more than a quarter-sized blood stain in his diaper.
  • Your baby has a fever.
  • Your baby's penis has increased swelling, redness, or pus coming out.
  • Your baby is not urinating normally within 12 hours of the circumcision.

Circumcision site care:

For each diaper change, do the following as long as directed:

  • Clean the area with clean, warm water. Do not use wipes.
  • Let the area air dry.
  • Put petroleum jelly and a clean gauze to decrease irritation.

Follow up with your child's doctor as directed:

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

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