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Circumcision Wound

Different circumcisions require different care. The most common techniques involve using either a Plastibell or a Gomco clamp. "Talk to the person who did the circumcision to find out how to treat it," Thompson says.

Quick Tips: If your baby had a Plastibell circumcision, you'll notice a plastic ring around the head of his penis. Leave it alone. The ring will fall off in a week to 10 days. If there's no ring, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly or antibiotic ointment with each diaper change for the first 24 to 48 hours to protect the penis and decrease friction. The head of the penis may remain red and swollen for four to five days. Around day three, a yellowish coating may form, which is normal. Contact your doctor if you notice bleeding or signs of infection (an increase in redness, swelling, warmth, or pus).

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