Circumcision After Care

It usually takes about two weeks to make a full recovery from a circumcision, but this varies between children and the procedure, so it’s important to follow our after care advice. You may prefer your child to wear loose-fitting clothing until the soreness goes away.

Aftercare Advice


  1. He may feel unwell for some hours after the anaesthetic and surgery.
  2. He may eat and drink as he normally would.
  3. He will probably feel sore after the operation, CALPOL (Paracetamol) and Neurofen Paediatric will relieve the discomfort.
  4. It is normal for some bruising to occur around the wound site and it will settle in time.
  5. As with any operation there is a chance that the wound may become infected. One way of reducing your child’s chances of developing an infection is to ensure that he has a bath twice a day whilst the wound is healing. Add some dettol/savlon plus a teaspoonful of table salt to the bath water. This bath should be deep enough to ensure the penis is submerged. Your child should sit in the water for 15-20 minutes if possible. If he is reluctant, making bath time fun with toys and games may help. Afterwards leave the penis to dry on its own.
  6. Check for any abnormal bleeding.
  7. If the ring has not dropped off by the eighth day YOU MUST bring your child back to the surgery.

Circumcision Aftercare