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.
- He may feel unwell for some hours after the anaesthetic and surgery.
- He may eat and drink as he normally would.
- He will probably feel sore after the operation, CALPOL (Paracetamol) and Neurofen Paediatric will relieve the discomfort.
- It is normal for some bruising to occur around the wound site and it will settle in time.
- 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.
- Check for any abnormal bleeding.
- If the ring has not dropped off by the eighth day YOU MUST bring your child back to the surgery.