Care at home after a circumcision
- Quiet activities today with close supervision.
- No bicycle, gym, rough play, or sports for 1-2 week, then gradual return to activities.
May go back to school after 3-5 days.
Sponge bath for the first 24 hrs, then begin tub baths, for 15 to 20 min., 2 or 3 times a day for one week.
- If your child has a dressing, you might be asked to remove it at a certain time or it might come off by itself (for example, during the bath). Apply Polysporin ointment to the penis after each bath.
- Check for bleeding every 2 hours today and once during the night.
If bleeding occurs, use gauze with Polysporin to apply gentle pressure on the penis for 3 to 5 minutes. If not effective, bring your child to the hospital.
- Minimal oozing (spotting of blood) is normal. The area will be swollen for several days and yellowish membranes may cover the tip of the penis. This will gradually improve in 2-3 weeks.
For pain, give Acetaminophen (Tylenol or Tempra) every 4 hours as needed.
- Give water, apple juice, popsicle, flat Ginger ale or Jell-O for one to two hours.
- If tolerated, proceed with a soft diet such as soup, yogourt, ice cream and cereal.
- Tomorrow, he may be given a normal diet.
Parents please note
If you are concerned, please call the Montreal Children’s Hospital at 514-412-4400 and ask for the physician on call, or come to the emergency room of the hospital.
Thao Le, N. & Julie Drolet, N. - Preoperative Assessment Clinic
Post-anesthesia Care Unit
7C Surgical Unit