Circumcision is a complex choice made by the parents of a newborn boy.Many parents are scared to even look at their baby’s penis after a circumcision, let alone touch it, for fear of hurting him. However, circumcision care can be simple when a few steps are taken with care.
Right after your baby is circumcised, lubricated gauze will be wrapped around the head of the penis, which should fall of after the first day. After that, you can clean your baby gently with warm, soapy water, then apply a dollop of petroleum jelly on gauze and place it over your baby’s penis to prevent the head of the penis from sticking to the diaper. It takes 7-10 days for the site to heal, so your baby’s penis may look raw with a yellowish coating for several days.
Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, August 2019