What You Should Know about Having Your Baby Circumcised 12

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Being a parent of a newborn son, it is easy to become apprehensive at the prospect of having him circumcised, how it will impact on him and at what stage this would be most appropriate. Although some procedures are carried out on children who are older, there is no minimum age limit before a baby can be circumcised and having the process done early on may well decrease the costs and risks linked to the general anaesthesia that is required in procedures on children who are older.

Circumcision is when the loose skin, known as the foreskin or prepuce, which covers up the top of your baby's male genital organ is surgically removed. The foreskin covers and shields the top area of the genital organ and comprises of nerves, blood vessels, and a tiny mass of muscle. In the circumcision clinic, babies are counted as those under the age of three months. A circumcision on babies or children under the age of 5 is rarely for medical benefits, it is usually carried out as a family preference, for social and cultural causes, or as an element of Islamic or Judaic religious customs.

The circumcision clinic for babies - carrying out the procedure

The World Health Organisation guidelines on circumcision suggest that a baby should weigh above 2.5kg to allow the circumcision to be conducted. It certainly is safe for your newborn baby boy to have the operation at any time taking his weight into mind, nevertheless, it's advisable that if your child is premature, it is best to wait until he is a bit older to factor in how early he was when calculating his readiness.

For newborn boys, your operating surgeon will most likely employ a local anaesthetic to insensitive the site. This can be either by using an injection on the base of the baby's male genitalia, or the application of a cream, approximately an hour ahead of the procedure. The operation itself is viewed as minor surgery and won't necessitate much time - there is no need for you or your baby to stay in through the night at the clinic or hospital. In the event your baby is being circumcised for non-medical reasons, both mum and dad need to supply their consent.

The Plastibell Circumcision Approach

The majority of babies, toddlers and small children undergo the Plastibell circumcision method, which is a professional and safe procedure. The process uses a transparent plastic ring with a handle and a deep groove running about it, positioned over the head of the private part. Then it is covered over by the foreskin and the unwanted skin is very carefully cut off.

The whole circumcision process takes 10 to 15 minutes. The ring comes off in 10 days, creating a small wound that should clear up over the next few weeks - no stitches will be required.

The greatest sized Plastibell that is obtainable is 1.7cm in diameter. As a result, for a very small percentage of babies, another of the formal surgical circumcision approaches might be the best suited, which may be outlined in the consultation with your baby's doctor.

Tips to prepare

There aren't a great deal of extensive preparations you'll have to make prior to the procedure, although we'd propose that you renew your baby's nappy and hold a clean one to change him into once the surgery is done.

We'd additionally recommend that you supply him with a bottle of sugary water to have for the injection and the circumcision procedure, because this is an effective way to help comfort and settle babies or fairly young children. While parents may feel more secure remaining in the operating room for the duration of the entire circumcision procedure, it can be a tense time for parents and you may feel more comfortable keeping outside until it has been finished.

You can find out more information here about having your baby circumcised at Birmingham Circumcision Clinic.

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