Brit Instructions

To prepare for the brit, please obtain the following:

  • One bottle Infant Tylenol
  • Two boxes sterile gauze pads, 25 each, 3×3 preferred (Please do not order from Amazon.)
  • Five ounces of ointment – Vaseline, Aquaphor or A&D ointment (Tube preferred.)
  • Two disposable diapers and wipes
  • Two standard size bed pillows, as firm as possible (A decorative brit pillow can be used in addition,
    but not in place of.)
  • One bottle sweet, red, kosher grape wine at room temperature
  • One kiddush cup or wine goblet
  • Kipot (yarmulkes) for your guests
  • Table
  • Hand sanitizer

Before the brit:

Stop feeding, breast or bottle, approximately one hour prior to the scheduled time of the brit and give the baby a dose of Infant Tylenol. The proper dosage is 1.25 ml which should equate to the lowest marking on the dropper. The baby can be fed immediately after the brit.

After the brit:

Infant acetaminophen may be given three additional times following the brit at four-hour intervals, if needed. Check with your child’s pediatrician for any contraindications.

Swelling may occur. This is normal. You may notice a thickness on the underside of the penis where the skin is bunched together. This will disappear over time.

CantorK will do the first diaper change and show you how to prepare a sterile gauze pad with ointment. Apply a fresh dressing whenever changing the diaper for three days after the brit. The day of the brit is considered the first day. At the end of this time, the baby can be fully bathed if the stump of the umbilical cord has fallen off. If not, a sponge bath is appropriate.

A whitish-yellow formation (granulation) of tissue in the area of the wound will occur in some babies. This is a normal part of the healing process.

Care should be taken to observe the area during the healing process to insure that the crown of the penis remains fully revealed. Should this not appear to be the case, please consult Cantor Kushner immediately.

If for any reason you have questions or concerns during the after care period, do not hesitate to contact Cantor Kushner.