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Caring For The Circumcised Penis

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If you have chosen you have your baby boy circumcised, there are some steps you will need to follow while the penis heals. Most likely, your doctor will give you instructions, but there are some basic bits of information that should be remembered.

After the procedure, your baby will most likely have either a ring or piece of surgical gauze surrounding the tip of the penis. It is important to note that you should not remove either of these, as they will fall off on their own; usually from two days (gauze) to one week (ring). You can also expect to see some oozing and/or bleeding for the first 24 hours following the circumcision. If either continues past 48 hours, inform your doctor.

Some doctors will also recommend that you apply Vaseline to a gauze pad, and place it over the penis, to prevent the diaper from sticking. Others will suggest that you leave the area alone. Your physician may also suggest drizzling warm water over the area daily, to keep it clean. Follow your doctor's instructions, and make sure to ask if you have any questions.

You can expect the entire area to heal within one week, at which time the use for Vaseline and gauze will be unnecessary. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the care of the circumcised area, discuss them with your pediatrician.

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