Please check your baby’s nappy for any bleeding every hour or so for the first 24 hours after the circumcision. If the baby is sleeping, you can look at the front edges of the nappy from the outside. If it is not discoloured, he is likely not bleeding abnormally. When you open the nappy, it is normal for the covering gauze to be a little red from bleeding. You need to remove the gauze to check for active bleeding only if the whole gauze has become soaked with fresh, red blood. You treat active bleeding from the penis the same as you would for the tip of a finger:
- Apply pressure to the penis for 3-5 minutes; no less. Do this by grasping the penis between your thumbs and two fingers using a piece of gauze with some Vaseline to prevent sticking.
- After applying pressure, inspect the area for continued bleeding and repeat step one if necessary.
- Once the bleeding has stopped, apply a fresh gauze square with Vaseline and close the nappy. Recheck the nappy after 10 minutes for any signs of more blood on the gauze.
It is reasonable for you to try the pressure technique twice, for 3-5 minutes at a time, before calling Dr. Newton as most bleeding will stop with this.
If the penis is dripping any blood, and you cannot stop the bleeding with the pressure technique that we have demonstrated to you, call us.