Infants health

Tips for dealing with infant circumcision

Tips for dealing with infant circumcision
Published : June 06 , 2016
Latest Update : June 08 , 2022
Dr. Hamidah Shaheen is a pediatric consultant with over 30 years of experience in Pediatrics and Neonatology.  Qualifications: Fellow of the Royal College of Pediatrics-Edinburgh (FRCP-UK), Member of the Royal... more

Giving birth to a little boy is a beautiful experience. But it can also be very challenging if that is the first time you have to deal with male circumcision. We will give you a few tips and advice to deal with this issue. As usual, do not worry: there will always be a lot of people here to help you go through these first days.   Circumcision is a surgical procedure during which the foreskin is removed from the penis. After surgery, gauze is applied to the area of the skin incision. Once you get home after the procedure, there are a couple of care instructions and recommendations to follow:

  • Bathe your son normally. Daily warm baths are recommended.
  • Allow the area to air dry whenever it is possible.
  • Gauze should fall off on its own the next day.
  • However, if gauze doesn’t fall off, try to do the following: soak it in warm water, give it a little more time and remove the gauze gently.

Do not force it; if the gauze doesn’t come off gently, just give it more time

  • After gauze is removed, apply ointment on the area: this will prevent adhesions and sticking to diaper until the wound is fully healed (which should take around one week)
  • If you observe whitish remains around the bottom of the wound, this is perfectly normal! It will disappear with time

  If you notice any of the following symptoms, consult your doctor who will help you deal with it:

  • Redness or swelling of the area
  • Bad smell occurrence
  • Fever
  • Excessive crying while urinating
  • Persistent bleeding


Dealing with circumcision is an easy yet worrying step for every mother. Healing can go very differently from one child to another and you might get scared if it takes a little longer for your son to heal. However, this is absolutely normal, and, except in specific medical conditions, you should just be patient and follow the steps explained above.


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