When the bris is complete, his mother may take the baby to a quiet room and feed him. After that, Rabbi Sochet likes to do his first diaper change with the parents, to check him for bleeding and to show them how to care for the circumcision by applying Vaseline petroleum jelly with each diaper change for four days. Rabbi Sochet is available to you 24 hours a day, if you have any questions or difficulties caring for the circumcision.
Instructions for Post-Circumcision Care
The First 24 Hours
Please check for bleeding within 1/2 hour of the circumcision. Call me if there is ongoing bleeding from the wound. If he seems fussy or uncomfortable after the bris, you may give him Infant Tylenol/Acetaminophen Infant Liquid, 1.25ml every 4 hours as needed for pain relief. The bandage wrapped around his wound at the time of the circumcision, should not be removed. Rabbi Sochet will return the day after the Bris to remove it. As he urinates during the first 24 hours, some of the coagulated blood in the bandage may dissolve and you might see a pink or red stain on the diaper or gauze pad. This is not an indication of significant bleeding, and you should not be concerned.
Condition of the Circumcision Site
After the first 24 hours, you will see several things. The crown will be red or purple. It is neither infected nor bleeding. It is red because until now it has not come into contact with light or air. This redness will disappear soon. You may also see swelling beneath the glands (the crown is not swollen; only the tissue beneath it is). This is normal. The swelling will go down within a few days. You might also see a mucous discharge. This is lymphatic secretion which might vary in color from white, yellow, green, or gray. It might be noticed on the head or shaft and will resemble a soft scab or a film. In some cases, the build-up of this secretion might look like pus or a blister, but it is neither. Do not attempt to remove it, since doing so might cause bleeding or discomfort. Just leave it alone and it will go away.
Each time you change his diaper, use the tubes of Vaseline and squirt a large amount of Vaseline onto a gauze pad. The more Vaseline you use, the better. Gently place the gauze, Vaseline facing down, on the wound site. It helps the circumcision to heal, and keeps it from sticking to the diaper. Do this with every diaper change for a week, or until it looks completely healed.