Bris Check-List (What You Need)

At Time of Bris:
  • Baby to be dressed in Nightshirt and Disposable Nappy on a Pillow.
  • Three Cloth Nappies
  • Three Disposable Nappies
  • Kosher (Grape) Wine
  • Kiddush Cup (not essential)
  • Tallesim for Father and Sandek
  • Vaseline (Petroleum Jelly)
  • Packet of Gauze Squares (provided by Dr Goldman)
In the House
  • Baby Powder (not corn starch)
  • Antiseptic Liquid (Savlon, Dettol, etc.)

General Information

Prior To Bris
Try not to disturb routine too much. He does not necessarily need a bath on Bris day. If he is awake anyway prior to Bris, and YOU feel like it, give him a bath. If he is sleeping, let him continue.The same applies to feeding. He does not necessarily need to eat prior to the Bris, he will be happy to feed afterwards. And definitely DO NOT withhold a feed, if he wants one. Most babies, who have had a full feed shortly prior to the Bris, will settle quickly afterwards. Do not wake him just before the Bris to change his clothes or nappy. I am happy to do this if necessary.

After The Bris:
The baby will have two layers of bandages. Usually both of these layers fall off spontaneously within 6-24 hours after the Bris (although some stay much longer) and providing there is no (excessive) bleeding this is acceptable. Sometimes, I will remove the bandage before it falls. The outer layer may consist of one or more bandages, and is to suppress bleeding immediately after the Bris. The inner layer is a Bacteriostatic, Haemostatic dressing which is fully absorbed by the body, so there is no need to remove any strands that may be left behind. A piece of gauze with a dab of Vaseline should be placed on the tip of the penis at each nappy change, for about one week. After the bandages have fallen off the baby is ready for bathing as usual. The wound is usually dry and non-painful after a few days, but will continue to look inflamed for a week to ten days. Often a yellow film develops over the penis, which looks infected, but is actually the normal healing appearance. I will visit the baby as required after the Bris. If there are any problems or questions, at any time, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. For Shabbat, I will explain how to contact me.

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