Tips to Soothe a Baby After Circumcision

by Candice Coleman

    New parents may worry about the pain a newborn experiences after undergoing a circumcision. Knowing how to properly care for your son after his procedure can prevent irritation or infection from occurring. Little ones may cry in the days following the circumcision, though parents can do plenty to ease a baby's discomfort while healing.

    Caring for a Circumcised Baby

    Cleaning the area and checking on your baby after circumcision can prevent infection and other complications. Use only water to clean your son's penis in the first several days after circumcision, avoiding cleaning materials like wipes, according to KidsHealth.org. Applying petroleum jelly to the penis may also be soothing. However, double-check with the baby's pediatrician before applying any treatment. Yellowish crusting, a little bit of blood and redness are all indications that your little one is healing normally, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. These things should go away after one to two weeks.

    Home Remedies

    Fussing and crying may be common during the first several days after circumcision, but giving your child a pacifier dipped in sugary water may provide some relief, according to KidsHealth.org. You may also want to regularly replace the bandages on the baby's penis, according to Boston Children's Hospital. Gentle cleaning with soap and water is recommended to stave off infection, which may cause more discomfort. Some babies may also be soothed by regular holding, cuddling and breastfeeding in the days following circumcision.

    Signs of a Problem

    No amount of effort at home may soothe a baby if complications arise after a circumcision. If your son cannot urinate six or more hours after the procedure, bleeding from the surgery site doesn't stop or if redness on your son's genitals doesn't improve after a few days, he may be experiencing complications, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Yellow crust and discharge more than a week after the procedure are also possible indicators of an infection. However, most of these complications are very rare.

    Additional Help

    If you have difficulty calming your baby, ask your pediatrician about any other steps you can take to bring some relief. The doctor may examine your baby for any sign of infection that may be causing more distress. If your baby's surgery site seems to be getting worse or it does not seem to be improving after a few days, schedule an appointment to address the problem immediately.

    About the Author

    Candice Coleman worked in the public school system as a middle school and high school substitute teacher. In addition to teaching, she is also a tutor for high school and college students.

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