Circumcision Care

If you have your little boy circumcised, you’ll be given special directions from your healthcare team on how to care for his penis. Until it’s healed, don’t use soap or diaper wipes on his penis, since that may sting. You also may want to avoid submerging your baby in bath water, until the circumcision is completely healed.

Gently clean the penis with plain warm water and a soft cloth whenever the diaper area becomes soiled. Apply a protective lubricant, as recommended by your baby’s provider.

Some swelling of the penis is normal after a circumcision. A clear crust will probably form over the area. A circumcision will usually heal completely after about two weeks.

Be sure to call your provider, or take your baby directly to the emergency room, if you notice any of the following:

  • Foul odor
  • Fresh bleeding that doesn’t stop within a few minutes
  • The penis appears discolored and swollen
  • Pus drains from around the incision
  • Fever
  • Not urinating, or
  • You’re unable to comfort your baby