Health Tip: If Your Son Has Been Circumcised

Here's how to prevent infection

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(HealthDay News) -- Circumcision is a common procedure performed on baby boys within a few days of birth. It involves removal of the penis foreskin, usually using a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort to your baby.

After the procedure, the American Academy of Family Physicians suggests that you change your baby's soiled diaper promptly, gently cleaning the area well with warm water. Minor swelling and bleeding is normal, but if you notice a bloodstain larger than the size of a quarter in your baby's diaper, you need to call your doctor.

Other reasons to contact the doctor immediately include: continued swelling, yellowish discharge, or a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Also call the doctor if a Plastibell device was used for the procedure and does not fall off within 10 to 12 days.


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