Preparing Your Child for Circumcision

Circumcision refers to the surgical removal from the penis of the prepuce (the inner skin) and the surrounding foreskin. The most popular method involves pulling out the intact skin with forceps. Next, the surgeon places a scalpel onto the glans. Sometimes, local anesthesia or topical painkiller is used. The wound is closed and a dressing is applied to stop bleeding. A new glans is then placed, and the operation is repeated the next day.


It is important to know that the “ritual,” which is used for circumcision, is not the same as the “standard”. The standard method uses a local anesthetic to anesthetize the baby before the actual procedure. This provides some pain relief, but it does not eliminate the possibility of complications. Therefore, most hospitals no more perform “rituals” for newborn circumcision.

“Itual” refers to the time the baby is taken from hospital at eight to ten days old. With the help and support of his parents, the doctor will perform a circumcision. The procedure involves the use of the scalpel and topical cream, followed by the placement of a small rubber ring, or band, known as a clove, onto the glans. After three days, you can remove the ring. This procedure offers the newborn many health benefits, without the complications.

There are always risks. Excessive bleeding can occur, and the wounds are subject to high pressure during and following the procedure. Also, the general anaesthetic used for the procedure can cause complications if not administered properly. These complications can also occur if the newborn isn’t properly protected.

Routine circumcision has been deemed no longer a valid method of sterilizing newborns. Doctors are now unanimous in stating that the surgical knife is not necessary. This is because it is often used in the operating room. Retractor rings are now available. These rings are placed over your glans and removed after three days. This procedure is safer than any other and usually takes ten days.

A disposable nitrile cloth that has been pre-moistened is a better option than warm water to reduce the chance of complications. This prevents friction from warm water causing discomfort. The ring is applied to the baby’s diaper’s hood. It is then worn for the entire circumcision. It is important that the ring is not changed immediately after the first visit. Parents should allow the ring to dry completely before dressing their child.

Once the baby is discharged from the hospital, he should be able to return home. If the wound appears to heal properly, the only issue will be reoccurring infections. The first signs of a healing wound are a smothering of the area with warm, damp cotton and a reduction in the amount of bleeding. Scabs can develop as the wound heals. You can remove them with petroleum jelly. You can close sores caused from the removal of the corposus band with a piece scab tape. To stop bleeding from getting worse, a bandage should be applied.

Newborns who have had their circumcision performed can immediately return to their daily activities. They will not feel any pain and will be able nurse at the same time as an uncircumcised newborn. It is important to seek medical attention if the newborn feels discomfort. This could indicate that the first visit was not thorough enough. You can try to stop bleeding by applying pressure to the area. If the bleeding does not stop, you should call your doctor to get updates.