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Post-Bris Care

While there is still a bandage

* Before every diaper change, wash your hands with soap and water
* Prepare a gauze pad with a generous amount of ointment (vaseline or A&D) on it.
* Open the diaper, clean the baby as normal – do not touch the gauze or bandage.
* Before closing the new diaper, reach under the gauze to hold the wrapped bandage in place, then gently remove the gauze pad.
[* In the event the bandage comes off - if there is no bleeding there is nothing to worry about!]
[* If the bandage comes off and there is bleeding, tent the penis with a dry gauze pad and put pressure for 300 seconds (a full five minutes) and call me (This is very rare!)]
* If the gauze pad sticks, either leave till next diaper change or apply a small amount of baby oil to spot that sticks, then remove.
* Replace with new gauze pad, placing center of the gauze over the glans, pinching the sides of the gauze so it forms a tent over the penis. (Take care not to pinch or squeeze the glans)
* Close diaper.

Once bandage is off (typically after the last time I see the baby)

* Use ointment on the gauze pad for 2 days (as above)
* After the two days, put ointment directly in the diaper aimed to meet the circumcision spot for another 2 to 3 days
* After the altogether four or five day period, ointments need no longer be applied as the bris needs to finish healing on its own.
* Baby can bathe the following evening (24+ hours) after the bandage comes off.