What is it?
Circumcision is a procedure that is done to
remove the skin covering the end of the
penis. It can be done at any age. Your child
can go home the same day.
Why is it recommended?
ξ To decrease the risk of urinary tract
ξ Prevent or treat Phimosis.
o Phimosis is when the skin at
the tip of the penis is tight. It
isn’t able to be pushed down
to expose the tip of the penis.
ξ Prevent or treat Balantitis.
o Balantitis is swelling of the
head of the penis.
ξ Use acetaminophen (Tylenol®) for
pain. If your child is older the
provider may prescribe a stronger
medicine for pain control.
ξ Apply ointment to the site two times
a day for 5 days, or with each diaper
ξ Clean the penis in a downward
motion to remove dead skin cells at
the end of the penis.
ξ If your child has stitches, they
dissolve in 2 to 4 weeks.
ξ If your child has a plastibell, it falls
off in 7 to 14 days.
ξ No tub baths or showers for 2 days.
You may give your child a sponge
bath without washing the site for the
first 2 days.
ξ When taking a shower after 2 days,
your child should stand with his back
to the stream of water.
ξ No straddling toys until seen in
ξ No swimming for 1 week.
ξ Your child may do other activities
when he feels comfortable.
If you have any problems, please call your
clinic or doctor.
Pediatric Urology Clinic, Monday-Friday,
8:00 am to 4:30 pm 608-263-6420
After hours, nights and weekends, the clinic
number will be answered by the paging
operator. Ask for the Urology Resident on
call. Give the operator you name and phone
number with the area code. The doctor will
call you back.
If you live out of the area, call
The Spanish version of this Health Facts for You is #6524.
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