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Circumcision aftercare help needed.

(16 Posts)
LivinLaVidaLoki Sun 25-Oct-15 08:26:02

My DS is 4yo.
He had a circumcision on Thursday. The advice was to keep dry for 72 hours and then run under a shower and administer pain relief as needed.
DS has been pantsless in the house since the op (nurse suggested this would be a good idea), but now is freaking out at the idea of putting jama pants on or quickly popping it under the shower.
The day after the op he was very sore and wouldnt even sit down for most of the day.
But now hes back to his cheery boisterous self, but wont let you near him to clean him or anything, totally freaking out. I hate seeing him so distressed but I also worry about his wound it still looks a bit swollen.
Has anyone elses DS had this? What was the recovery like?

dratsea Sun 25-Oct-15 08:48:48

At 4 the skin between the glans and prepuce has not yet formed. So poor thing has what is effectively a second degree burn, I would expect it to look a little swollen. Should he have any problem weeing it sometimes help to put them in a bath and let them wee in the bath. Hope that helps.

LivinLaVidaLoki Sun 25-Oct-15 08:56:49

He doesn't have any problems weeing dratsea

Electrolux2 Sun 25-Oct-15 09:04:14

Why did you have him circumcised?

I'm sure it's upsetting to see him distressed and in pain. But surely that's to be expected? It's a surgical procedure

I don't know whether your sons healing is normal or not. I would ask his dr/nurse

Electrolux2 Sun 25-Oct-15 09:06:51

Tbh. I don't care if I'm going to get flamed here.
I just hope it was done for medical reasons and not any other.

I don't agree with putting a child through this pain and distress for any other reason

RainbowBodyDouble Sun 25-Oct-15 09:10:00

Has he had a bath yet?

RainbowBodyDouble Sun 25-Oct-15 09:11:52

Maybe a fun lukewarm bath with his toys and some antiseptic.
Then try to check his wound as you dry him.

LivinLaVidaLoki Sun 25-Oct-15 09:15:17

Rainbow, we were told not to bathe him for the first week, and to just run it under the shower after 72 hours (apparently soaking in the bath increases the risk of infection).
Electrolux of course it was for medical reasons. There is no way I would put him through this for cosmetic purposes.
He has had recurring problems for 2 years, which have been getting worse as time went on, when it 'flared up' it was awful, really beyond awful.
So GP and paediatrician both advised circumcision.

NickNacks Sun 25-Oct-15 09:17:47

livin don't feel you have to explain yourself to electrolux , it's absolutely no one else's business what your son's medical history is.

RainbowBodyDouble Sun 25-Oct-15 09:30:45

I was thinking more about what would distract him enough for you to get a bit of a look, I didn't realise a bath was risky.

I can just remember the relief of a bath when I had a massive tear episotomy wound 100 years ago

Electrolux2 Sun 25-Oct-15 09:33:13

I wholeheartedly apologise.
Was out of order. I won't even attempt to explain myself

HermioneWeasley Sun 25-Oct-15 09:40:23

My DS was circumcised when he was about 6. I can't remember what they said about bathing, but we had a put an anti biotic cream on it for a week or two. He was in agony immediately after the surgery but was fine the next day.

Sounds like you might need a follow up appointment

dratsea Sun 25-Oct-15 09:52:47

NickNacks The deed is done and Livin has asked for advice about post operative care on behalf of Master Livin. I have previously contributed to threads asking for advice about the necessity of surgery but such advice and opinions have no place on this board.

ShowOfHands Sun 25-Oct-15 09:57:59

My friend's ds had it done at a similar age. He remained pantless for a few days post-op and similar to your ds, really struggled with pleas to put on pants or pj bottoms. They weren't sure if it was psychological or physical and tbh, I'm not sure how they convinced him in the end. It did turn out, however, that he had a post-op infection and touching it was very painful for him. He was given antibiotics and remained pantless for another week at which point he was happy to put on clothes.

NickNacks Sun 25-Oct-15 10:10:47

drataea have you misunderstood my previous post?

Swannykazoo Sun 25-Oct-15 10:17:05

No antiseptic in the bath please! Ow!
I usually look after adults for this sort of thing, and yes it often looks very swollen for a couple of weeks. Any discharge or excess bleeding, yes seek help. We don;t usually advise any antibiotic cream either. It is an area that honestly heals up really well most (99%) of the time so don;t worry if you're not getting to fully inspect. The fact he's well is very reassuring

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