Circulation is impaired in male babies when they are circumcised. There is bleeding and the foreskin becomes flaccid. This does not necessarily mean that normal male sexual function is affected. Healing usually takes place within a few weeks. Parents should be aware that even after prolonged healing, healing does not usually cause excessive scarring.
While parents may think they have done a great job with normal circumcision, the reality is that it is far from perfect. Parents should remember that normal healing does not always equate to optimal. The normal is somewhere between normal and optimal. And so, while the foreskin on your baby might stay on more than 14 days, it probably does not stay on that long. Your baby’s foreskin is flaccid and may fall off during the day or be washed away at night.
Go to the doctor if you want “normal”.
Talk to your pediatrician about “optimal” and the benefits it offers. He will explain to you that the foreskin, which is like your nose’s end, is shorter and flaccid. This makes it easier for blood flow to the base. This is what keeps “glowing red” the penis’ head.
So, we know that normal circumcision healing takes a week or two at most. How long can you expect the foreskin will stay on? It usually stays on for a week or so. If your doctor used a plastic ring on your baby, he or she may have told you to expect it to “fall off” by three weeks, or a month. It doesn’t. It’s still flaccid, but it’s growing back slowly.
Here’s one more thing that doctors won’t tell you about normal circumcision (and they rarely tell me about elective procedures, such as braces, burn victims, etc.). A man who is recovering from an elective procedure at the doctor’s office, such as having his tonsils removed, leaves his foreskin behind. This can last for approximately two weeks. The wound is still healing slowly, so even though it’s “coming out”, it still feels raw and bumpy a few weeks later. It should.
The penis heals in the first week of normal circumcision.
A boy born with an extra skin tag is considered a boy. Doctors treat him as a boy. They call him a “zoer,” a “chicken,” a “dick,” whatever. Doctors consider it un-natural when he undergoes an operation on his “chicken”, or whatever.
Before your baby is seen, don’t give them fever medication. It’s fine for the first few days after giving birth. But if your baby is bleeding continuously or stops suddenly, you should be concerned. It is called “erythrophobia” by doctors. It means that your child has a serious fear of being touched.
You and your child will decide how to use it. It is best to follow the instructions. Some brands are safer than others. If your baby shows any of the “red Flags”, contact your doctor. And if the red flags stay away or even start fading after a couple of days, no need to call your doctor; the plastic ring does move onto the shaft of the penis.
You can reduce pain and cry by applying a layer of ointment over the incision. A topical anesthetic cream can also be applied to help the incision heal. These creams can be purchased at a drugstore or online. Some doctors recommend that you apply petroleum jelly to the base of your penis for several days, but not anywhere else. Your doctor might recommend that you use a warm pack three to four times per day with no other lubricant.
There should be no complications following the wound infection. If you have any other complications, consult your doctor. The main conclusion is that not all children have additional problems. Your pediatrician will be able to advise you on the best way to help your child. Your pediatrician will inform you if you are at risk of re-infection.
If the small piece of tissue that has been there for a few weeks does not dissolve by itself or after a few more days, apply ice to it. You can also use aspirin and ibuprofen. You should not take pain medication before the first day of surgery. No stitches will be inserted unless your doctor advises.