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Circumcision of your Older Child

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about a circumcision?

A circumcision is a procedure to remove the foreskin from your child's penis. The foreskin is the fold of skin that covers the tip of the penis.

How do I prepare my child for a circumcision?

Give your younger child a bath the morning of the procedure. Have him pick out his favorite toy or blanket to take with him. Have your older child bathe or shower the morning of the procedure. Talk to him about his procedure and tell him that he will be asleep during it. Your child may want to take music to listen to. This can help him relax while he is waiting for his procedure.

What will happen during my child's circumcision?

What can I expect after my child's circumcision?

Your child will be taken to the recovery room and monitored closely. Your child's provider will tell you when you can take your child home. He will have some pain after the numbing medicine wears off. His penis will be swollen and red for a few days. Your child's penis may have a small amount of yellow discharge or crust. This is normal. It can take up to 3 weeks for your child's penis to heal. Your child will not be able to run or do sports until his provider says it is okay.

What are the risks of a circumcision?

Your child may bleed more than expected or get an infection. Your child's foreskin may be cut too short or not short enough. Your child may have a thick scar around his penis when it is healed. Damage may be done to your child's penis, urethra, or nerves. Your child may need another procedure to fix the damage.

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