Everything You Should Know about Getting Your Baby Circumcised 3

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Being a parent of a newborn son, you may become apprehensive at the idea of having him circumcised, the way it will affect him and at what point this would be most appropriate. While some procedures are carried out on older children, there's no minimum age limit before a baby can be circumcised and getting the procedure earlier on could reduce the costs and risks related to the general anaesthesia that is required in procedures on older children.

Circumcision happens when the loose skin, called the foreskin or prepuce, which covers up the top of your baby's male genital organ is surgically taken off. The foreskin covers and protects the top section of the genital organ and houses nerves, blood vessels, and a little mass of muscle. In the circumcision clinic, babies count as those under the age of 3 months. A circumcision on babies or children under the age of 5 is seldom for medical issues, but is generally executed as a family choice, for social and cultural customs, or as an element of Islamic or Judaic religious traditions.

The circumcision clinic for babies - undertaking the procedure

The World Health Organisation guidelines on circumcision state that a baby ought to weigh greater than 2.5kg to allow the circumcision to be performed. It is safe for your newborn son to undergo the surgery at any stage taking his weight into mind, yet, it's recommended that if your baby is premature, you should delay until he is older to factor in how early he was when determining his readiness.

For newborn babies, the surgeon will probably use a local anaesthetic to numb the site. This will be sometimes through an injection at the base of the baby's male genitalia, or by applying a cream, about an hour leading to the procedure. The operation itself is considered to be minor surgery and won't take long - there is no need for you or your baby to stay overnight at the clinic or hospital. In the event your baby is being circumcised for non-medical motives, both mum and dad must give their consent.

The Plastibell Circumcision Technique

Most babies, infants and toddlers have the Plastibell circumcision method, which is a proven and safe treatment. The method implements a transparent plastic ring with a handle and a deep groove running around it, placed over the head of the private part. It is next covered over by the foreskin and the extra skin is carefully cut off.

The entire circumcision operation takes 10 to 15 minutes. The ring will fall off in 10 days, resulting in a little wound that should get better over the next few weeks - no stitches are necessary.

The largest sized Plastibell that is available is 1.7cm in diameter. Consequently, for a very small percentage of babies, alternative formal surgical circumcision techniques could be the best suited, and this can be discussed in the assessment with your baby's practitioner.

How you can get ready

There aren't many specific preparations you'll need to make ahead of the operation, however we'd advise that you switch your baby's nappy and preserve a fresh one to change him into once the surgery is completed.

We'd too suggest that you give him a bottle of sugary water to have for the injection and the circumcision procedure, because this is an easy way to help comfort and settle babies or very young children. Even though parents might feel more at ease remaining in the operating room in the course of the total circumcision procedure, it can be a difficult time for parents and you might be more at ease keeping outside till it has been performed.

You can find out more information here about Birmingham Circumcision Clinic.

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