How do I care for my baby after his circumcision?

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


  1. Jewish scholars were traditionally quite upfront regarding the damage of circumcision. In fact, they celebrated this damage.

    Philo of Alexandria: “I would add that I consider circumcision to be a symbol of two things necessary to our well being. One is the excision of pleasures which bewitch the mind. For since among the love-lures of pleasure the palm is held by the mating of man and woman, the legislators thought good to dock the organ which ministers to such intercourse, thus making circumcision the figure of the excision of excessive and superfluous pleasure, not only of one pleasure, but of all the other pleasures signified by one, and that the most imperious.”

    Moses Maimonides: “With regard to circumcision, one of the reasons for it is, in my opinion, the wish to bring about a decrease in sexual intercourse and a weakening of the organ in question, so that this activity be diminished and the organ be in as quiet a state as possible…The bodily pain caused to that member is the real purpose of circumcision. None of the activities necessary for the preservation of the individual is harmed thereby, nor is procreation rendered impossible, but violent concupiscence and lust that goes beyond what is needed are diminished. The fact that circumcision weakens the faculty of sexual excitement and sometimes perhaps diminishes the pleasure is indubitable…The sages, may their memory be blessed, have explicitly stated: ‘It is hard for a woman with whom an uncircumcised man has had sexual intercourse to separate from him.’ In my opinion this is the strongest of the reasons for circumcision.”

  2. I just recently wrote my final law school paper for St. John’s University School of Law (New York) on the subject of circumcision. I think you’d find the paper interesting and worth a read given the enormously positive feedback it has gotten from the other pediatricians I have shared it with. If you’re interested, shoot me an email and I would be happy to send it. (Other commenters can feel free to reach out as well). My email is

  3. You know what is even LESS painful and traumatic for everyone involved? NOT CUTTING OFF HIS FORESKIN!

    Let’s face it, Cutting off a normal natural, sensitive and useful part of your child’s genitals is INSANE! Of COURSE it is going to hurt him. This isn’t even in debate.

    You want your child to be comfortable happy and healthy? Leave him whole and normal.

    Amputating healthy body parts from healthy babies is lunacy of the first order. there is NO reason for it whatsoever.

    1. Thank you, James K!

  4. Painless for everyone involved? You’re kidding I take it. This innocent child has just had 70% of his penile nerve endings removed and up to half the penile skin and it’s painless? Not to mention that his foreskin has been torn from his glans leaving a raw open, weeping wound. Anyone who think this is normal needs their ethics and sanity checked.

  5. The foreskin contains fine touch nerves (like in your fingers) and provides protection of the glans (head) keeping it soft and sponge like, all in an effort to ensure everything works properly. My parent’s chose this painful sex life for me and my wife and I simply cannot fathom why. I would never have chosen to have my foreskin removed. Only 1/16,667 intact males will have a problem with their foreskin, 99% of which can easily be treated without surgery. One hundred and seventeen babies die from circumcision a year in the US, which equates to 9/100,000 babies that die each year from a cosmetic surgery. Men have lost their penis, glans, and suffered from deformity caused by the operation performed when they were infants. It isn’t right that these children pay the price for a decision that their parents made, a decision that should be left up to the owner of the penis. Even those who survive still have problems, though they are seldom discussed. 

    Elephant in the Hospital

    Learn how sex is supposed to work.

    How to properly care for a natural Penis.

    They didn’t tell you the functions of the foreskin, but they did lie to you and said it had health benefits. Did they also tell you it pays for their house, their cars, and their children’s college? It is illegal to sell an organ taken from a patient but they still do it.

    Foreskin for sale: $169/500µg = $338,000/g = $9,581,962/oz.

    My numbers and claims are supported by these studies: 

    Dutch Medical society and their stance on RIC

    Surgeons of British Columbia

    Doctors around the world critique AAP’s circumcision opinion.

    This document outlines the deaths caused by circumcision in the US.

    All the statements made by medical organizations about circumcision, and they are cited.

    Functions of the Foreskin.

    Breast cancer kills more men than anything related to the foreskin.

    American Cancer society says Circumcision does nothing to affect cancer rates.

    Meta-analysis of circumcision research

    Circumcised men have a 450% greater chance of ED

    All the common myths about circumcision and how they are dispelled.

    Boy wants to be a girl after botched circumcision. There are many cases like this however they usually occur in infants who cannot express themselves in words.

    Cost benefit analysis of circumcision.

    US Navy Study that shows circumcision has no effect on HIV or STI infection rates.

    Circumcision is PAINFUL!

    Men upset about being circumcised against their will.

    Visual comparison of a Natural Penis versus a circumcised one. (Warning pictures of Genitals)

    Note the faces BOTH victims make. One is male, the other female.

    Three Videos of Circumcisions they are very graphic.


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