While it has been a hot-button topic over the last few years, circumcision is still widely practiced and therefore, proper circumcision care is critical. It is not uncommon for new parents to be unfamiliar with the practices and procedures required to provide adequate circumcision care. However, you don’t have to worry any longer as we have the information you need. Read on to learn more about proper circumcision care for newborns.


Circumcision has been practiced throughout a large portion of human history and throughout the world. While circumcision may be performed for a multitude of reasons, in the United States, male newborns are typically circumcised for either religious or social reasons. Research studies on circumcisions have shown mixed results concerning the risks versus benefits of having a child circumcised. Some studies have shown there are potential medical benefits to circumcision including a lower risk for urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted diseases. On the other hand, the practice can pose risks to the newborn such as infection and bleeding.

Listen to Your Pediatrician

Your child’s pediatrician will provide you with an exact care plan for your baby, so it is vital that you discuss the plan with your doctor. Each physician may have a slightly different take on how to go about care for the wounded area which necessitates that they may recommend different and specific care instructions. While some doctors recommend keeping the penis covered or others the use of Vaseline or Neosporin and gauze pads over the penis until healed, there are other things they will all have in common. The most critical of these things to remember is to keep the area clean to avoid the risk of infection.

When There May be a Problem

Typically, a circumcision will heal on its own with no issues or medical attention required. The tip of the penis will appear red for the first few days. The redness seen on the penis should disappear gradually as it heals. It may take up to a week for the appearance of the penis to return to normal which is completely normal. However, if you notice any of the issues below, contact your child’s pediatrician.

  • Persistent redness after a week
  • Yellow secretion
  • Crust
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding