Circumcision and Circumcision Care

  • In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated their policy statement on circumcision to reflect the following:
    • There are risks and benefits to circumcision and to not circumcising your baby.
    • In the developed world, these risks and benefits for both options are low.
      • As a result, this decision should be left to the caregivers, "in the context of their own religious, ethical, and cultural beliefs and practices."
  • If the decision is made to circumcise, this is usually performed in the delivery hospital before you take your baby home.
  • Circumcision Care
    • The circumcision should be completely healed within 10 days of the procedure.
    • Until that time, petroleum jelly should be applied to fresh gauze pads, and used to cover the penis after each diaper change.