Circumcision Aftercare for Babies, Infants, Older Children and Adults
At Birmingham Circumcision Clinic, we are committed to providing excellent aftercare for patients of all ages. As well as talking about aftercare in detail after the procedure, we also provide an extensive written aftercare guide to be taken home to ensure that both patients and/or parents understand what to expect and how to take care of the wound as it heals.
We also encourage patients and parents to contact us should they have any questions relating to the circumcision and provide them with a telephone number for 24 hour direct access to the doctor that carried out the procedure.
As the circumcision procedure differs for babies and infants, and older boys and adults, aftercare also differs. In general, for babies who are circumcised using the plastibell technique, it normally takes around 10 days for the wound to heal. As the circumcision procedure for older children and adults is more complicated, the healing process can take around 4 to 6 weeks.
Circumcision Aftercare for Babies and Infants
Aftercare for babies and infants is fairly simple, however, parents should contact their doctor should their boy have trouble passing urine, if they are unusually irritable, or if there is any sign of bleeding or swelling.
It’s important to also follow these tips:
- Parents should wash their boy on a daily basis – at least once.
- It’s important not to interfere with the wound as it heals, other than making sure it is clean.
- Infants may want to inspect the circumcised area – it’s important to consider that too much touching could increase the possibility of infection, so parents should keep a watchful eye on their child.
- If healing is not as described in the aftercare guide, parents should contact the doctor immediately. Whilst a little swelling occurs within 24 hours of the operation, this is likely due to the needle used for the anaesthetic, however, any swelling after 48 hours or so should be reported to the doctor.
Circumcision Aftercare for Older Children and Adults
At Birmingham Circumcision Clinic, we use dissolvable stitches which will dissolve over 2 to 6 weeks, so they will not need to be removed by a doctor. After the circumcision procedure, it is normal for the patient’s penis to be swollen and appear bruised; this will gradually reduce over the next week or 2.
After treatment, patients may wish to wear supportive underwear that will hold the penis in position as loser underwear may lead to increased friction as the penis swings freely.
The penis is bandaged around the wound – after 4 or 5 days it’s important to change the dressing. As the bandage is likely covered in blood, rather than peeling it straight off, it’s important to soak the bandage first. Patients are advised to fill a bath with just enough water to cover the groin completely; salt can also help to promote healing. Once the dressing is soaked, it should be easier to detach from the penis without opening the wound.
The gauze should always be removed slowly, the patient stopping whenever any force is needed – as the water soaks the gauze and clotted blood so that it can be removed freely again. Once the bandage is removed, bloody water should be washed away and replaced with more lukewarm, salty water, allowing the penis to be soaked for a further few minutes to remove any blood.
Once the penis is clean, it should be patted clean with a new gauze pad and then redressed. A small amount of Vaseline can help to prevent the new bandage from sticking to the skin. This whole process should be repeated every 2 days until the second week after the procedure.
Whilst time off school or work isn’t essential, it can be difficult to concentrate for the first few days after the circumcision procedure due to initial discomfort, so it is advisable to take a week off, or if a patient’s job involves heavy lifting, or being seated for long periods without being able to move freely, two weeks may be sensible.