Child Health



Circumcision is the surgical removal of the skin covering the tip of a baby's penis called glans.

  • Circumcision makes it simpler to wash the penis. 
  • Decreased risk of urinary tract infections. 
  • Decreased risk of sexually transmitted infections. 
  • Prevention of penile problems. 
  • Decreased risk of penile cancer. 

When is circumcision done?
It is usually done within 10 days after birth.
  • The baby will lie on his back, and his penis and surrounding area must be cleansed.
  • Anesthetic will be injected into the base of the penis or applied to the penis (topical anesthetic).
  • A special clamp or plastic ring will be attached to the penis.
  • The foreskin will be removed. Then, the penis will be covered with an ointment.
  • After that, the penis will be wrapped loosely with gauze.
The procedure generally takes about 10 minutes.

It usually takes seven to 10 days for the penis to heal.

Tips for Parents:​
  • Maintain the surrounding area as clean and dry as possible, and gently clean it with warm water.
  • Avoid  pressing or putting pressure on the penis while carrying the baby.
  • It is normal to notice a small amount of yellow fluid on the tip of the penis.
  • Change your baby's diaper often, and make sure the diaper is loosely fastened.
  • Apply a dab of petroleum jelly (or Vaseline) to the tip of the penis to keep it from sticking to the diaper.
  • Avoid using baby’s tissues on the penis until it heals.
  • Do not remove the plastic ring around the penis; as it will drop off on its own.
  • The doctor may prescribe an antibiotic ointment or Vaseline on the tip of the penis, with changing the diaper until the ring is dropped.
  • Once the penis heals, wash it with water and soap during normal bathing.

Contact the doctor if:
  • Normal urination doesn't resume within 12 hours after circumcision.
  • There is foul-smelling drainage from the tip of the penis, or persistent bleeding.
  • The plastic ring remains in place two weeks after circumcision.

  • Is it useful to apply oils (e.g. olive oil, watermelon oil) on the circumcised penis?
    • There is no scientific study or evidence proving this.
  • Is there any risk factors on the baby in case of delayed circumcision?
    • Yes.

  • Putting pressure on the baby’s penis by a coffee cup accelerates wound healing.
    • Fact: This is not true.
  • Circumcision negatively affects male fertility.
    • Fact: Circumcision does not affect fertility.

Last Update : 06 March 2019 02:49 PM
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