Newborn Circumcision

Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin. The foreskin is a flap of skin that covers the tip of the penis.

  • Call Your Doctor


    After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • You find a bloodstain larger than the size of a quarter on the baby's diaper
    • The Plastibell device has not fallen off within 10 days
    • The penis or the area of the incision appears red, swollen, hot to the touch, or is oozing a yellowish discharge
    • The baby develops a fever or appears to be in pain
    • The baby does not have a wet diaper within 6–8 hours of the procedure
    • The head of the penis appears blue or black

    If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin. The foreskin is a flap of skin that covers the tip of the penis.

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  • What to Expect

    There may be a lot of swelling of the penis. You may also notice a clear scab over the area. The penis should be healing well within 7-10 days of the circumcision. If a Plastibell was used, it should fall off on its own within 10 days.

  • Reasons for Procedure

    The procedure may be done for cultural or religious reasons. It is often done on babies in the first few days of life.

    There may be some health benefits due to circumcision. Many health professionals believe these benefits are small. Circumcision may be associated with a decreased risk of:

    • Urinary tract infection
    • Phimosis (tightening of the foreskin)
    • Penile cancer

    • Certain sexually transmitted diseases, like
      HIV
    • Cervical cancer
      in female partners

  • Possible Complications

    Complications are rare. No procedure is completely free of risk. Talk to your doctor about possible complications that may include:

    • Infection
    • Bleeding
    • Reaction to drugs used for anesthesia
    • You may not be happy with the appearance of penis after circumcision
    • Decreased penile sensation
    • Damage to the tip of the penis

    Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

    • Bleeding disorders
    • Family history of bleeding disorders
    • Birth mothers taking blood thinners during pregnancy
    • Penile deformities whose foreskin may be needed to repair the deformity
    • Prematurity
    • Infections or serious jaundice at the time of the circumcision