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You will need to provide special care to the penis until it is healed. For about seven to 10 days, you need to:
Give your son a sponge bath until the penis has healed. This can take from seven to 20 days.
- Completely cover the tip of the penis with petroleum jelly after each diaper change or use an antibiotic ointment if your baby's health care provider ordered it.
- Look at the tip of the penis each time you change his diaper. If there is any new bleeding, new or increased swelling, foul-smelling drainage, or reddened skin on the shaft of the penis, call your baby's health care provider.
- Do not use baby wipes until the tip of the penis has healed.
Some health care providers use a circumcision device called a plastibell. This is a plastic ring that is placed under the foreskin and secured. It will fall off in five to eight days. This kind of circumcision needs the same kind of care except do not put petroleum jelly or ointment on the tip of the penis.
Ask your health care provider for recommendations and advice about any other treatment or procedure.
When to call your health care provider
Problems with circumcision are rare. However, call your baby's health care provider right away if there is:
A yellowish-white film will appear on the tip of the penis until the healing is complete. This is normal.
- bleeding that doesn't stop
- new bleeding
- new or increased swelling
- a foul-smelling drainage
- redness on the shaft of the penis
- redness at the tip of the penis that seems to be getting worse.
In addition, if your baby is circumcised after he leaves the hospital, call your baby's health care provider if he doesn't urinate normally within 12 hours after the circumcision.