A circumcision is the removal of the normal male foreskin. The incision is red and tender at first. The tenderness should be minimal by the third day. The scab at the incision line comes off in 7 to 10 days. If a Plastibell ring was used, it should fall off by 14 days (10 days on the average). While it cannot fall off too early, don't pull it off because you could cause bleeding.
Any cuts, scrapes, or scabs on the head of the penis may normally heal with yellowish-colored skin if your baby has been jaundiced. This bilirubin in healing tissue is commonly mistaken for an infection or pus.
Gently cleanse the area with water 2 times a day or whenever it becomes soiled with stool. Soap is usually unnecessary. A small amount of petroleum jelly should be applied to the incision line once a day to keep it soft during healing. If the incision seems to be causing any pain, also cover it with an ointment.
Remove the dressing (which is usually gauze with petroleum jelly) with warm compresses 24 hours after the circumcision was done. Often the gauze has already fallen off on its own. Then care for the area as described for the Plastibell.
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