Some Frequently Asked Questions…
How will my baby behave after the circumcision?
It is not unusual for a baby to sleep 6-8 hours after the procedure and to miss a feeding. While some babies are irritable after the procedure, most are back to their normal selves within 48 hours.
Will it hurt my baby when he urinates?
It may sting a little the ﬁrst 24 hours, but after that it should not be painful.
How do I clean the gauze and penis if there’s stool on them?
Try to clean the area the best you can with a wet, soapy cotton ball or soft washcloth followed by a gentle rinse.
When can I start bathing my baby normally?
If we used the mogen clamp technique: the first 48 hours, you can use a clean towel with water. Then you can bathe him.
With the plastibell, you can bathe him right away.
How long do I apply Vaseline to the penis?
Gently rub a small amount of Vaseline over the incision site and place a thin layer of Vaseline over the entire penis head with each diaper change, do this for 14 days. If we used the plastibell, you can start applying vaseline or polysporin on the penis head after the plastibell ring has fallen.
What happens if the gauze falls off early, before 24 hours?
This is normal. Just put a thin layer of Vaseline on one of the gauze pads given to you at the clinic and place it over the penis for the remainder of the 24 hours.
How do I remove the gauze if it’s sticking?
- Apply Vaseline liberally over the bandage.
- Close the diaper and allow the bandage to soften for 10-15 minutes.
- Soak your baby in a warm bath for 15 minutes.
- Gently peel away the bandage.
- If the bandage won’t come oﬀ, pull harder and be prepared for the penis to bleed a few drops. You may need to hold pressure on the area for a few minutes to stop the bleeding (see above: “To stop active bleeding”).
- If you ﬁnd it too diﬃcult or if you’re uncomfortable pulling harder, call our oﬃce to book an appointment for our staﬀ to remove the bandage.
What do I do if I remove the gauze and there’s bleeding?
- To stop the bleeding, grasp the penis between your thumb and two ﬁngers and apply pressure to the penis for no less than 2-3 minutes. Use the same pressure you would use to stop a cut on a ﬁnger from bleeding.
- Inspect the area for continued bleeding. Repeat the pressure if necessary.
- If you have applied pressure twice, and the penis is still bleeding, call our office.
What do I do if after the gauze falls off or is removed, there is still a bridge of skin attached to the head of the penis? Please call our oﬃce to book an appointment.
What do I do if after the gauze falls off or is removed, there is still a bridge of skin attached to the head of the penis?
Please call our oﬃce to book an appointment with the doctor for an examination.
What do I do if after the gauze or the plastibell ring falls off or is removed I can’t see the head of the penis?
Please call our oﬃce to book an appointment with the doctor to examine your baby at 613 749-4668.
What is the ideal age to do a circumcision?
The best time is between 5-12 days of age, although circumcisions are done at our clinic until 6 months of age. Since newborn babies are less aware, families should try their best to have a circumcision done as close to this time period as possible.
What complications are possible from circumcision?
Complications are rare; the frequency varies with the skill and experience of the doctor, and are infrequent in our practice.
- Signiﬁcant post-op bleeding (1 in 400)
- Phimosis or narrowing of the shaft skin opening over the head of the penis (1 in 500)
- Buried or trapped penis in the abdomen (1 in 800)
- Infection requiring antibiotics (1 in 1000)
- Meatal stenosis or narrowing of the urethra (1 in 1000)
- Sub-optimal cosmetic result (1 in 500)
- Trauma to head of the penis (never occurred in this practice)
- More serious complications including death (never occurred in this practice).