About circumcision in children
Boys are born with a hood of skin, called the foreskin, covering the head of the penis. In circumcision, the foreskin is surgically removed, exposing the end of the penis.
- It is best to circumcise within the first 2 to 3 weeks after birth, as it can become more complicated as a child gets older. But the procedure is usually performed during the first 10 days (often within the first 48 hours).
- Premature babies or those with other complications may not be circumcised until they leave the hospital.
- Babies born with physical abnormalities of the penis that need to be corrected surgically are not often circumcised as the foreskin could be of use for reconstructive operation.
Caring for a Circumcised Penis
- Wash with soap and warm water every time you bathe him.
- Be gentle as the baby may have some mild discomfort after the circumcision.
- If there is a bandage on the incision, apply a new one if required
- It usually takes between 7 to 10 days to heal. Till then the tip may seem raw or yellowish in color. Consult the doctor is there is
- Persistent bleeding
- Redness around the tip of the penis that gets worse after 3 days
- Signs of infection, such as the presence of pus-filled blisters
- Not urinating normally within 6 to 8 hours after the circumcision
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