the bris is
complete, his mother may take the baby to a quiet room and
After that, Dr. Katz likes to do his first diaper
change with his parents, to check him for bleeding and to show
them how to care for the circumcision by applying vaseline
petroleum jelly with each diaper change for about a week.
He will provide a handout of instructions.
Dr. Katz and/or his staff are
available to you 24 hours a day, if you have any questions or difficulties caring for
for Post-Circumcision Care
First 24 Hours
check for bleeding within 1/2 hour of the circumcision.
if there is ongoing bleeding from the penis.
If he seems fussy or uncomfortable after the bris,
you may give him Infant Tylenol/Acetaminophen Infant Liquid, 1.25ml
every 4 hours as needed for pain relief.
If a bandage was wrapped around his penis at the time
of the circumcision, it may fall off on its own within 24
hours and should not be replaced.
In the event that it does not fall off on its own,
remove it yourself as was demonstrated during your pre-bris appointment. I need
to check him 3 to 4 days after the bris. I will make sure he is healing properly.
If you haven't already scheduled your son's post-bris
check, please call
my office as soon as possible to do so.
As he urinates during the first 24 hours, some of the
coagulated blood in the bandage may dissolve and you might see
a pink or red stain on the diaper or gauze pad.
This is not an indication of significant bleeding, and
you should not be concerned.
of the Penis
the first 24 hours, you will see several things. The
head of the penis will be red or purple.
It is neither infected nor bleeding.
It is red because until now it has not come into
contact with light or air. This redness will disappear soon. You may also see
swelling beneath the glans (the head of the penis is not
swollen; only the tissue beneath it is). This is normal. The
swelling will go down within a few days.
You might also see a mucous discharge.
This is lymphatic secretion which might vary in color
from white, yellow, green, or gray.
It might be noticed on the head or shaft of the penis
and will resemble a soft scab or a film.
In some cases, the build-up of this secretion might
look like pus or a blister, but it is neither.
Do not attempt to remove it from the penis, since doing
so might cause bleeding or discomfort. Just leave it alone and it will go away.
begin this procedure only after the bandage has fallen off or
has been removed. Each time you change his diaper, use
the tubes of Vaseline and squirt a large amount of Vaseline in
a circle all around the circumcision. You can cover the head
of the penis with Vaseline, making it look like the top of an
ice cream cone. The more Vaseline you use, the better. It
helps the circumcision to heal, and keeps it from sticking to
the diaper. Do this with every diaper change for a week, or
until the penis looks completely healed.
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