Circumcision Care

Care After Circumcision

Circumcision is a simple procedure most often done in the nursery before a baby boy goes home from the hospital, if the family has chosen to have it done. Circumcision can be done in a number of ways. Your health care provider will explain the procedure and tell you what to expect. To care for your son after circumcision, follow the tips below.

When to call your health care provider

  • The penis is very red or swells a lot.
  • Your child develops a fever:
    • For an infant less than 3 months old, a rectal temperature of 100.4?F (38?C) or higher
    • For a child of any age who has a temperature that rises repeatedly to 104?F (40?C) or higher
    • A fever that lasts more than 24-hours in a child under 2 years old, or for 3 days in a child 2 years or older
    • Your child has had a seizure
    • Your child is acting very ill, listless, or fussy
  • The discharge becomes heavy, is a greenish color, or lasts more than a week.
  • Bleeding cannot be stopped by applying gentle pressure.