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After Care Instructions

Please read this information sheet, as it will answer many of your questions and alert you to potential complications following the circumcision.

Feed your son as usual, don't be surprised if he eats less on the first day following the procedure. He may sleep more or less than usual. Generally by two cycles of eating and sleeping, he will be back to his usual behavior, but certainly by 24 hours afterwards.


Recovery might be delayed if your son is over stimulated by passing him around from person to person- less stimulation is better.


Immediately after the circumcision, a small gauze around the incision site will be placed.  This gauze helps prevent any bleeding.   It may be saturated with petroleum jelly to prevent sticking.  With each diaper change, please put ointment to sterile gauze on the penis  (the Mohel will show you how) for one week so that the healing tissue will not stick to the diaper.


Over the first 2 days, the penis will become mildly swollen, beefy red and will have a yellowish, wet looking scab (this is healing tissue).  After 2 days, the swelling and redness should slowly diminish.  The whole healing process usually occurs over a one week period.  During the healing period, clean the circumcision as you would the remainder of his body—with warm water and mild soap.


If stool should get on the circumcision site, gently remove it with a wet, clean wash cloth.


It is normal for the moist skin from the shaft of the penis to adhere to the rim (corona) of the penis after the circumcision (called penile adhesions).  It can be prevented by gently pulling back on the skin of the shaft of the penis, and applying Vaseline around the corona during the one-week healing period.  However, even if adhesions occur, do not be concerned.  The adhesions will go away naturally as your child grows older.



  • lubricating jelly called White Petrolatum (plain Vaseline or A&D ointment)

  • 25  3x3 sterile gauze pads

  • Baby oil


Note: for your convenience, the mohel can supply the post-brit supplies.


Caring for the Baby:​


  1. Wash hands well with soap before pampering the baby.

  2. The original bandage MUST be kept in place for at least 24 hours. 

  3. Diapers following the bris may be tinged red. This occurrence is normal and should not be a cause for concern.

  4. With each diaper change, apply lubricating jelly called White Petrolatum (plain Vaseline or A&D ointment) to sterile gauze and place it on the penis for one week so that the healing tissue will not stick to the diaper at each diaper change.

  5. DO NOT use paste ointments like Desitin- they dry and do not lubricate well. Never use anesthetic creams (EMLA) after circumcision for pain relief. They are dangerous and are not necessary.

  6. For the first 24 hours, double-diaper the baby.

  7. ​Keep your son snugly swaddled. The less he moves his legs the less discomfort he will have.With each diaper change (no more than 4 hours in between.)

  8. Do not remove the original bandage


Please feel free to call Rabbi Markovits at any time with further questions.


Rabbi Nechemia Markovits - M.B. Certifed Mohel

Call: 347-600-8800 or email:

Available in the New York Tri-State area and beyond


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