At ABC Pediatrics Fresno, we are here to help with newborn circumcision when you welcome your new baby boy. Whether you have decided to circumcise your son for religious or medical purposes, we are here to guide you through each step of the process so you can best care for your newborn after the procedure.

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What is circumcision?

Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin, or the skin that covers the tip of the penis. Typically this procedure is done shortly after birth (within 24-72 hours) but it is not uncommon to have it performed after leaving the hospital. 

This quick procedure takes less than 20 minutes. We know it can be stressful for your newborn to undergo any type of procedure, and you can stay with your baby while we complete the circumcision. Before removing the foreskin, we will cut off the blood supply using a plastic ring or clamp.  We will keep him comfortable with warm towels and anesthetic so he doesn’t feel any pain. 

What should I expect after the procedure? 

In the days following the procedure, it is possible that your baby may experience swelling, redness, and bleeding or oozing at the procedure site. Rest assured that these side effects are typically normal, and most babies fully recover from the procedure within 10 days.

Use extra caution when bathing your newborn in the days following the procedure, especially when putting him in and taking him out of the bathtub. Avoid scrubbing the area with soap or a cloth, and instead just rinse with clean, warm water. 

If your child has a fever or you notice thick, yellow, oozing fluid or extreme redness around the area, contact your doctor immediately. These are signs of infection that will need to be promptly addressed. It is important to also contact your doctor if your baby is having fewer or no wet diapers, or if it seems that he is experiencing pain when peeing.

For more information about circumcision or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (559) 549-7337.