A circumcision is an operation that removes the foreskin of the penis. The foreskin is the fold of skin covering the tip of the penis. This procedure can be performed in our office in the first few days after your son is born.
Preparing for the Procedure
Here are some things you can do to keep your baby comfortable during the procedure:
- Feed your baby prior to the procedure so that he is not hungry.
- Giving your baby Tylenol before the procedure is optional, but it may aid in decreasing pain associated with the procedure.
To prevent pain, we will give your baby a lidocaine block before the circumcision as well as sucrose during the procedure. Sucrose is a liquid sugar that provides pain relief for newborn babies during painful procedures. Along with sucking on a pacifier, sucrose is a great way to soothe infants. It is given orally with a dropper after or during painful procedures.
It is normal if the penis:
- Looks red or puffy (swollen) for the first day or two.
- Has spots of blood and/or a yellow crust at the tip.
- Has a bluish color (bruises) where numbing medicine may have been used.
When you return home:
- Wash your hands before and after every diaper change and before putting medicine or petroleum jelly on the baby.
- Feed your baby like you normally would.
- Check his diaper every two to three hours. Change it right away if it is wet or dirty. Put the new one on loosely.
- Lie your baby on his back.
- Give him medicine only as directed by the doctor.
- Wash the penis gently.
- Clean the diaper area by gently blotting with a soft cloth or baby wipe. Do not give your baby a tub bath until his umbilical cord has fallen off.
- Put a lot of petroleum jelly on the penis (like an ice cream cone). Do not put any powder, alcohol, or baby wipes on the baby’s penis for one week.
- Do not put any pressure on his penis.
- Keep cleaning the penis and using petroleum jelly for four to five days.
Reasons to Call Your Doctor
- Your baby has a rectal temperature of 100.4˚ F (38˚ C) or higher.
- There is a lot of bleeding.
- Your baby is unable to pee six to eight hours after the procedure.
- There is a bad smell or drainage from the penis.
- There is more redness or swelling than expected.
- The skin of the penis is not healing well in seven to 10 days or as directed.
If you have any other concerns or questions, do not hesitate to call!
Payment and Billing
Most insurances cover this procedure.
This service is offered at all three of our locations.
Silver Stream Lane
2421 Silver Stream Lane, Wilmington
4320 Henson Drive, Wilmington
6781 Parker Farm Drive, Wilmington