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Understanding Circumcision Healing: A Guide for Parents by Mark Greenberg MD Dr. Mark Greenberg May 31, 2024

Understanding Circumcision Healing: A Guide for Parents by Mark Greenberg MD

What is Infant Circumcision?

Infant circumcision is a common surgical procedure practiced in many cultures, which involves the removal of the foreskin from the penis. Despite its prevalence, the procedure and its aftermath can be a source of anxiety for many parents, especially concerning the healing process.

The Healing Process and Scab Formation

After the circumcision, it is normal for the wound to go through a scabbing phase. Scabs, which might appear white or yellow, consist of dried blood, lymph fluids, and other bodily secretions. While the sight of these scabs may be alarming, they play a crucial role in the healing process by protecting the wound from infections and supporting tissue regeneration underneath.

The Importance of Proper Scab Care

Proper care of the circumcision site is essential to ensure a smooth and quick healing process. Here are some tips to care for your baby during this sensitive period:

  • Keep the area clean and dry: After the initial 4 day no bath period you may gently clean the circumcision site with warm water and dry it by lightly patting with a soft cloth. Avoid using wipes or soaps that might irritate the area.
  • Apply prescribed ointments: To prevent the scabs from sticking to the diaper or clothing, use any ointments or petroleum jelly as directed by your healthcare provider.
  • Choose appropriate clothing: Loose clothing and diapers are preferable to reduce irritation at the circumcision site and prevent undue pressure on the healing wound.

Monitoring the Healing Progress

    • Scabs typically fall off on their own within one to two weeks after the circumcision. This timing is variable.
    • During this period, monitor the site for any signs of infection, which include
    •  increased redness 
    • swelling 
    • unusual greenish foul smelling discharge.
    • persistent pain. 


Understanding the circumcision healing process can help you care for your baby more effectively and ease any concerns you might have about postoperative care. Remember, each child is unique, and heals at a different rate.  By adhering to these guidelines and staying informed, you can help ensure a healthy recovery for your child after circumcision.

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