Wound Care after Clamp Method
FIRST 48 HRS WOUND CARE:
- Day 1 & 2: No Shower/Bath. Cover the wound with cotton gauze covered with Vaseline.
- Changethe gauze every nappy/diaper change (toilet use in the case of older boys).
- 48 hours after the circumcision, the patient can start to have baths/showers. After the bath/shower, you can apply Vaseline (without the gauze) ONLY if the wound still looks as if it may stick to the nappy/diaper/underwear.
- The first 24 hours is when most patients experience pain after the circumcision. Most infants (up to 3 months) are settled with rocking and cuddling. For babies older than 1 month you can give Panadol (or other pain reliever as prescribed by Dr. Hajoona) as needed.
- You can also apply Xylocaine Jelly every 4 hours if needed for pain relief. Dr. Hajoona will show you how this is done.
- It is normal to see a small amount of blood on the cotton gauze or nappy/diaper (underwear for older patients).
- If you see blood coming out of the wound, hold pressure for 5 minutes. If the bleeding does not stop, please seek immediate medical attention. Sutures, if used, dissolve on their own.
NORMAL WOUND HEALING:
- During the healing process it is normal to see a shiny white or yellow film on parts of the wound. This film is part of the healing process and cannot be easily wiped off. It is different from pus, which is a sign of infection. Pus can be easily wiped off and usually has a very foul odor.
- Other signs of infection include increasing redness, pain, swelling, developing a fever, trouble urinating, or stopping eating/drinking. Immediately seek medical attention if these signs occur.
- The wound is normally fully healed in 2-3 weeks.
- Please make an appointment to see Dr. Hajoona 3-4 weeks after the circumcision for an examination of the surgical wound.