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Plastibell Circumcision question. Jessica Caylee Due May 31; 1 child; Highland Falls, NY, United States 318 posts
24th Apr '12

My son was circumcised with the plastibell circumcision device. It's starting to detach from his shaft but I'm wondering if it's normal to have a little bit of yellow gunk under the actual device itself. The ring/bell you call it. The shaft is a little bit red but it was really swollen and we brought him to the hospital. They gave us bacitracin or whatever to put on it at every diaper change after cleaning. That completely reduced the swelling.



Now I'm just wondering if the yellow gunk is okay? And if anyone has any place I can see what it looks like when the plastibell is falling off the p***s or what it's supposed to look like.



I'm not here to hear a debate about circumcision vs. leaving the p***s in tact though. I'm going to stress that. I'm looking for help so I can properly care for the circumcision my son has already had.



Anyways, any advice or words would be good. I have talked to the doctor and I plan on bringing him in tomorrow to get it checked. Not willing to take a chance with my son. Thank you!

Brienna H. 1 child; Medford, Oregon 276 posts
24th Apr '12

Sorry I have no idea about the circumcision itself, but if there is yellow gunk that doesn't sound right. yellow is usually infection. I know it sounds gross... but does it smell bad?

White Chocolate Milk 1 child; Chelsea, Alabama 12303 posts
24th Apr '12

I don't have any knowledge about plastibells healing but with there being yellow I would be concerned about possible infecting if the area is also red. My son had a regular cir'c done and I don't remember him ever having anything like that, but the healing could be different. Just clean it as best you can and see what the doctor says.

Jessica Caylee Due May 31; 1 child; Highland Falls, NY, United States 318 posts
24th Apr '12
Quoting Brienna H.:" Sorry I have no idea about the circumcision itself, but if there is yellow gunk that doesn't sound right. yellow is usually infection. I know it sounds gross... but does it smell bad?"


From everything I've read online the yellow gunk which isn't oozy or anything is a healing thing for some reason. I'm calling the doctor whenever it gets to morning to ask the question. It doesn't smell bad at all. He also doesn't fuss about it or isn't in pain. He also doesn't have a fever which, if infected, he would have a fever or be enormously upset when I was touching it. So I'm just wondering if it's normal for the yellow gunk underneath the actual plastibell device.

Booger wiper 3 kids; Orleans, Indiana 1831 posts
24th Apr '12

My son is circd, they didn't use the plastibell though. The nurse told me the yellow stuff is part of the healing processes and not to try and get it off the p***s.

★Date311161.69 TTC since Sep 2012; 33 kids; Pennsylvania 4000 posts
24th Apr '12

My son had the plastibell, and yellow, crusty is normal.

Cassidyy + 2 2 kids; Everett, Washington 2759 posts
24th Apr '12

Both my boys were circumcised via plastibell.




It's totally normal!

Jessica Caylee Due May 31; 1 child; Highland Falls, NY, United States 318 posts
24th Apr '12
Quoting Cass + 2 ♥:" Both my boys were circumcised via plastibell. It's totally normal!"


Oh okay. Haha.
I'm just a worried first time Mommy.
Can you explain exactly what went on with the plastibell circ for your boys?

Cassidyy + 2 2 kids; Everett, Washington 2759 posts
24th Apr '12
Quoting Jessica Caylee:" Oh okay. Haha. I'm just a worried first time Mommy. Can you explain exactly what went on with the plastibell circ for your boys? "

Both fell off after about a week, maybe less.
It had the yellowy gunk you described, I just made sure to keep it nice and clean - and viola!

Jessica Caylee Due May 31; 1 child; Highland Falls, NY, United States 318 posts
24th Apr '12
Quoting Cass + 2 ♥:" Both fell off after about a week, maybe less. It had the yellowy gunk you described, I just made sure to keep it nice and clean - and viola!"


The doctors that did the surgery were really vague and uninformative.
They told me to just take a washcloth or a paper towel with warm water and drizzle it over the head/p***s. And that's it. I went to the hospital and the doctor said bacitracin at every diaper change. Which made the swelling go down completely. I'm just wondering how long it's supposed to take to fall off because today will be a week exactly since he had it done. I hear a week to 10 days and he still hasn't had much of it come off. It's just barely started to detach from the top side of his p***s.

Cassidyy + 2 2 kids; Everett, Washington 2759 posts
24th Apr '12
Quoting Jessica Caylee:" The doctors that did the surgery were really vague and uninformative. They told me to just take a washcloth ... [snip!] ... to 10 days and he still hasn't had much of it come off. It's just barely started to detach from the top side of his p***s. "

Sometimes their a little stubborn ! But what I did was when he was in the bath I'd take the wash cloth soaked in soapy water (baby soap of course) and drizzle it over his p***s. I think it was a combination of it healing and the warm water to kinda help it loosen up.
I wouldn't be concerned honestly. My seconds took a little longer to fall off and as long as it isn't oozing, it doesn't smell and he has no fever i wouldn't worry.
If it doesn't fall off within the 10 day period i'd go in and have him checked tho.
Which it very well could fall off in three days, you'd be surprised at how fast those suckers come off once their ready lol

Heather+Austin 1 child; Arizona 506 posts
24th Apr '12

My son's father is Jewish so as some or all of you probably know, it's kind of an ordeal and circumcision is mandatory. Anyway, I have never heard of a plastibell procedure until now. I just googled it and read a little about it. My son's cirumcision was done by a Jewish OBGYN and I wasn't present, I was actually at the hospital for complications from birth. Anyway, so from what I read and the photos I saw, the yellow crust is normal. I thought my son's circumcision was done wrong or something but I guess not. It was a huge mistake though not being there. I was given directions from my idiotic f**king air head stupid p***e o* s**t soon to be father in law... and he like forgot half of what he needed to tell me. :(

Jessica Caylee Due May 31; 1 child; Highland Falls, NY, United States 318 posts
24th Apr '12
Quoting Cass + 2 ♥:" Sometimes their a little stubborn ! But what I did was when he was in the bath I'd take the wash cloth ... [snip!] ... Which it very well could fall off in three days, you'd be surprised at how fast those suckers come off once their ready lol"


They definitely are stubborn. I just realized a huge part of it came loose today. I'm just continuing the warm water drizzle and patting it dry a little bit. It's nearly all the way off now. It was a matter of a day that, that happened. So, yes! It's only been 7 days as of today. If it doesn't come off by day 10 then I'll check in with the pediatrician. :)