- Two 1-oz. tubes of Neosporin, Bacitracin, or triple antibiotic ointment with zinc
- Ten 3×3 sterile gauze pads
- Medicated baby powder (such as Caldesene Baby or Gold Bond Baby Powder)
Note: for your convenience, I usually supply all the post-bris supplies.
Caring for the Baby:
The first 6-12 hours after the bris, at every diaper change:
- Wash hands well with soap.
- Remove the outer 3×3 gauze pad.
- Apply a line of ointment to a new sterile 3×3 gauze pad and wrap it around the bris area. Please do not remove the original inner bandage!
- Make sure to double-diaper the baby to ensure his comfort.
- Please, do not bathe the baby during this time, unless the inner bandage falls off.
After 12-24 hours:
Please do not apply any more antibiotic ointment, it may cause excess swelling. Double diapers and gauze are also no longer needed.
For the next 5 days:
- Bathe the bottom half of the baby at least 2 times daily with a lot of mild baby soap and very warm water. A temporary bandage will be in place and will come off in the bath. Don't pull it off, allow it to come off slowly.
- If there is any spotting after the bandage falls off, one application of the baby powder will be sufficient after the bath.
- Some redness is normal, the bath will help reduce any swelling and discomfort. If you notice the new skin growth sticking to the diaper or a lot of redness, you may apply bacitracin around the bris area directly, but please do so only as needed.
- Make sure to thoroughly clean the bris area after changing dirty diapers and point down when closing the diaper!
I am available to answer any questions by phone or for house calls 24 hours a day.
That’s all, may he grow up to Torah, Chupah, and Ma’asim Tovim - To Learning, Marriage, and Good Deeds!