Circumcision (Child)

What is circumcision? Learn more about circumcision procedure in children, and what to do after circumcision for proper care.

What Is Circumcision?

Circumcision is an operation to remove excess foreskin on the penis. It is performed if there is phimosis (tight foreskin opening), recurrent foreskin infections and for religious reasons. After circumcision, the glans penis (head of the penis) will remain exposed permanently.

Will There Be Stitches After a Circumcision Procedure?

Either absorbable stitches or glue will be used, so there will be no need to remove any stitches post-surgery. Child circumcision at KK Hospital does not involve the use of a Plastibell device, so there will be no components to remove after the procedure. Depending on your child’s surgeon, there may be a transparent dressing applied to the child’s penis.

Will There Be Pain After the Circumcision Procedure?

After surgery, your child will be prescribed oral painkiller medicine (paracetamol). He may have a smarting sensation on passing urine initially, for which he can apply an anaesthetic gel (lignocaine gel).

What to Do After Circumcision for Wound Care

You will be given detailed instructions on wound care. Your child can continue showering as per normal after the operation. Generally it is advisable to wear loose clothing (e.g. sarong) until the wound is dry. Ensure that he doesn't pick at the scabs to avoid bleeding. Do not allow him to straddle toys, cycle or swim until the wound has healed.

What to Do if the Wound Bleeds

If there is slight bleeding after circumcision, apply a clean gauze to the wound and hold for a few minutes. If there is persistent bleeding, please bring your child to the Children's Emergency room. Meanwhile, do not give him any food or drink until the wound has been assessed by the doctor.

When Can My Child Go Back to School?

After a circumcision, your child will be given a medical certificate for two weeks. Some boys may be able to go back to school sooner if their wounds heal more quickly.

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