After the circumcision, the tip of the penis may look raw and it will be discolored and swollen for a few weeks. Frequently, there will be a yellowish mucus or crust covering the head of the penis. This will slough off with time. Do not attempt to wash or scrape it away as it is a natural part of the healing process.
The type of dressing used will depend upon the individual surgeon. There may be a clear plastic dressing wrapped around the penis that will be removed in 24-48 hours. If your son does not urinate within eight hours of surgery or if the bandage rolls down and forms a tight band, remove it right away. Do not be alarmed if the dressing falls off early.
Once the bandage is off, start applying Polysporin ointment or Neosporin ointment to the area which was cut, with every diaper change for a week for infants, or three to four times a day for a week for the older, potty trained boy.
Instead of a bandage; the surgeon may apply a skin adhesive. This adhesive will flake off in a week or so. You may notice stitches under the skin. Do not be concerned if they do not dissolve right away. It can take a few weeks for them to go away. They are only a concern if they cause discomfort or irritation. You may apply polysporin or neosporin ointment to the tip of the penis beginning 24 hours after the surgery.
Avoid the use of powders or lotions in the groin area after surgery since they may irritate the unhealed penis.
Do not bathe or sit the child in water (tub bath) for five days. A sponge bath is OK. If your son is old enough for a shower, this is fine even immediately after surgery.
For two weeks after surgery, do not place your child in an exercise saucer or a walker and refrain from carrying the child across your hip bone. For the older child, avoid riding a bike, climbing a jungle gym or participating in gym class for two weeks. It is fine to place the child in a car seat and high chair.
Your child may return to school or daycare when comfortable and not requiring prescription pain medicine, usually in two to five days.