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Circumcision of your Older Child


What do I need to know about a circumcision?

Circumcision is a procedure to remove the foreskin from your son'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 your older child bathe or shower the morning of the procedure. Talk to your older child about the procedure. Tell him that he will be asleep during the procedure. Have your younger child pick out his favorite stuffed animal or blanket to take with him. Your older child may want to take music to listen to. These items may help comfort your child.

What will happen during the circumcision?

  • Your child will be given anesthesia to keep him asleep and pain free during the procedure. He may also receive a shot of numbing medicine at the base of his penis.
  • Your child's healthcare provider will make an incision and cut away the foreskin. The edges of the skin will be closed with stitches that will dissolve. Petroleum jelly and a dressing will be placed on the area.

What will happen after my child's circumcision?

Your child will be monitored until he is stable. Once he is stable, you will be able to take him home. Your child will need to rest for the rest of the day. He will not be able to run or do sports until his healthcare provider says it is okay. Your child's penis will be swollen and red. This should get better over time. Your child will have some pain after the numbing medicine wears off.

What are the risks of a circumcision?

Your child may bleed more than expected or get an infection. An injury to your child's penis, urethra, or nerves may occur. Your child may need another procedure to fix the injury.

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