7 month old Circumcision

Marcie - posted on 04/12/2010 ( 55 moms have responded )

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My son was born 6 weeks early and they could not perform his circumcision at birth. He has the surgery next Monday. Has any other mom gone through this and if so, can you tell me how the recovery process went for you? Thanks!



RE: It is an actual surgery and he will not be awake during it. They are making a small correction called "hidden penis" and the circumcision is done with/for it. The reasons aren't important, I just wanted to know if anyone else had it done at my son's age and how the recovery process was. The reason they make them wait is because a baby under 6 months isn't prepared to handle anesthesia as well, so its a safety factor. I didn't realize so many people would be so mad/upset over this. It isn't like I "desire" for my son to have surgery, its just necessary. :(

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Brittney - posted on 04/15/2010

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My son (8 months) had his circmcision at birth and the doctor performed it incorrectly. He had it repaired last week. He did well under the anesthesia and he was only away from us for about 1 1/2 hours. They recovery is about 5-10 days. He had the surgery on a Tuesday, slept all day off and on. The next day he was fine. We couldnt bathe him until Friday. Every now and then when i went to wipe it he would fuss a little but nothing bad. I think it is much more tramatizing for the parent then him. It has been 9 days and all the stiches have fallen out. Good luck with everything!! I hope this helps a little



Also, They didnt give me any pain killers. They just said to use Tylenol. and that was fine.. he only needed it for about 2 days. I think it is sad to do at such an old age but, sometimes it has to be done (in my sons case there was and extra flap/growth of skin from the original circumcision).

Sharon - posted on 04/12/2010

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Hi Marcie

I had 2 sons circumcised at ages 11 & 10. It had to be done as my eldest's foreskin would not come back at all and my 2nd son's foreskin was so tight there was a huge risk that the circulation could be cut off and he may end up losing his penis. When my first son was born (back in 1983) I tried to get some medical advice about circumcision and was never told about these conditions. Circumcision was just seen as an unnecessary procedure. I wish I'd been told both sides of the debate. I may have decided to have them circumcised earlier if I'd known & certainly if their condition had been picked up sooner. When my third son was born (in 1995) I had him circumcised as a new born because I didn't want him to have to go through the distress of having the procedure later on in his life. My older boys did go through a lot more discomfort and embarrassment at the ages they had the procedure and I really wish I'd had them done as babies. I say, good on you for doing what needs to be done. I'm sure your little boy will be fine. You'll probably shed more tears than he will. As for people who judge and criticise, they should really mind their own business. All the best. Sharon

Kayla - posted on 02/26/2011

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no matter what his age is they use pain killers! - that is for rebecca....
my son was done at 8 wks old and they used a needle to numb him, he cried when they gave him a needle, but hey babies cry when they get immunizations....then the doc snipped of the skin it took about 45secs and my son didnt even make a peep - he was actually smiling at the nurse who was assisting. id get it done FOR SURE! youll have a happier, healthier, CLEANER baby boy. good luck

Jessica - posted on 04/14/2010

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THIS IS MY OPNION/EXPERIENCE: I had my sons circumsision 2 days after he was born. It went really quickly. It took about 20-30mins for them to take him until i had him back with me and they had numbed the area before. Afterwards I just used plenty of vaseline on that area so it wouldnt stick to his diaper and gave him a tiny amount of baby tylenol just in case he was umcomfortable. Its not as people make it seem and heals farely quickly, atleast 1 1/2 wks. Hope it goes ok for you and your son.

Michelle - posted on 04/13/2010

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My husband and I went through this with our baby. We adopted him and it was not done at birth. We had has done when he was a little over 6 months old. Our little guy had no problems wahtsoever, everything went fine. The first day or so he was a little crabby, but after that he was back to his normal self. We just had to keep the antibiotic cream on it so that it would not stick to his diaper. I hope that all goes well for you!

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Greta - posted on 05/05/2010

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my five-year-old had his circ. tuesday. he's swollen and sensitive, but already seems better. he even said "mom, i pee faster now!" not really sure what he means :) good luck to all, it is a tough decision no matter the age or reason.

Jenny - posted on 04/15/2010

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My second son had to be circumsized at 1 year old, due to a hydroseal at birth (fluid around testicle in the sac) that his doctor thought to be too swollen to circ. him at birth. So one year later, there we were at the surgery center for him to be put under to finally have it done. I had several people criticize our choice, however, it is a personal decision, and I can honestly tell you that the process was not easy, but today he is a perfectly healthy, normal, circumsized 2 year old and I would do it again, if neccessary. The day of the surgery and the next day were the worst. He cried when he peed because it burned, but that didn't last long. And it truely did heal quickly, and without any problems. Something I wish someone would have told me is how strange he would act when coming out of the anesthesia. It was a little scary, I tried to hold him, and he just sort of flopped around in my arms, trying to regain control of his body I believe, but once it wore off, they showed us how to care for it, and we were on our way home. I hope this helps you prepare for your son's surgery. I pray it goes as well as our son's and he recovers quickly! Take heart that you are doing what you believe to be best for your son in the long term, and he'll never remember. =)

Heather - posted on 04/15/2010

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my son had it done at age two. I chose not to do it when he was born and he had complications from it not being done. He recovered just fine. He was even potty trained by that time and that didn't have any affect on that either. They wrapped it in gause for a few days and that was it. Good Luck!

Talea - posted on 04/15/2010

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I had to wait until my son was 10 months to be circumcised. It had something to do with them wanting to wait until he was old enough to be put under before they would do it. I was concerned at first since he was so much older. I was worried that he would irritate it once it was done. The whole process took about 30-45 minutes. He was crying once he woke up and he cried all the way home. They gave him a prescription for some pain meds and that seemed to help him. It really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The only time it seemed to bother him was when he would pee. The rest of the time he was playing and crawling just like he did before he got it done.

Ashley - posted on 04/15/2010

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My son was also too small to have his circumcised at birth. He was able to get it done a few weeks later at his pediatrician's office. The doctor used the plastibell method. It was really hard because I stepped out of the room because I couldn't stand to see it but my husband stayed with our son while he was getting it done. I could hear my son screaming and crying. It was so difficult and I was in tears. After it was done the pediatrician let us give him some infant tylenol (my son was about 1 mo) just in case he had any pain from it because he did numb it before it was done. It actually didn't bother my son at all while it was healing. With this type of method you don't have to use vaseline or anything to help it not stick to his diaper. After about 5 days the plastic ring fell off and it was all healed.

Nattia - posted on 04/14/2010

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I also agree w/ Victoria Glynn. ask questions before and after the procedure is done. The doctors were nice enough to explain what was happening each minute. even the fact that my son fought to fall asleep, its very normal, i cried but i knew it would happen.

Nattia - posted on 04/14/2010

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My son just had it, but he is five. I was very scared of the anesthesia part. My son was cranky and aggressive after it was done. Its been a month and he still says it hurts a little. I think infants forget quicker, but he will be in a little pain. especially if he can walk, he wont try to now cuz it rubs. just follow all the directions from the doctor and it will heal great. ask questions. Btw I didnt do it at birth cuz they said it was not necessary. Then he got infections and the skin tightened around the head so u couldnt pull it back. I know for next time. good luck mom

Nancy - posted on 04/14/2010

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My son was a year old when his circumcision was done. he was born hypospadia so we had to wait to have it done. The recovery process was fine. i do not see any complications for him. At a year old my son recovered quickly. To correct the problem with my son he had a cathiter in and he was cranky till he pulled it out a week early, but like i said he is fine. Good luck and post how things went!

Victoria - posted on 04/14/2010

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I have been in the operating room on numerous occasions throughout nursing school, and generally speaking, there are several protocols on positioning patients and securing their limbs to prevent injury. If your baby is strapped to the table in the manner described, its to prevent him from moving while the procedure is taking place, not some cruel task to increase anxiety in your baby. He might have more discomfort after the procedure, but ask the doctor about pain management before the surgery, that way you know what to expect. Every family is different and what is best for your child is between you and his father. All people heal differently, experience pain differently and so on, you just have to be in tune to your child's needs and discuss your concerns with his pediatrician.

Greta - posted on 04/13/2010

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my son is 5 and having his circ in 4 wks. skin too tight, infections, premiee, all that. im worried sick the pain or embarasment this might cause. kids at school can be so mean. never thought it would even be an issue. i feel terrible it has to be done at this late age, but have no other choice.

Louise - posted on 04/13/2010

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Marcie My son had a curumcision at 10 months old. I have 2 boys and my 4 year old has not had one! Circumcision for any reason other than medical is fairly rare here. The foreskin was too tight and we needed to have it done and we were advised by the doc to have it done sooner rather than later.
We went in in the morning and he was under anaesthetic and they gave him a penile block also. We were given lidocaine gel (not sure of the name but it was 1%) and told to put him in a bath of warm water 3 times a day and to put this gel on after the bath. We went home once he had a wet nappy with the advice to put him in the bath if he wasn't going as they tend to go then. The day after he was rolling around the floor and moving on his tummy as normal although we had to pad his highchair. And the day after that he didn't need any pain relief other than the gel! Two months on he doesn't know the difference although his 4 year old brother asked why were they different.

We could have waited to see if things sorted but he started getting infections so we decided to go ahead as the doctor advised us that while they are in nappies the recovery time is halved!

Ashlee - posted on 04/13/2010

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My son was also 6 weeks early and he wasn't able to get it done at birth either. He was 14 months old when he got it done and it went perfectly fine. They put him completely to sleep and he woke up afterwards a little scared and disoriented. The recovery process was about 4 days of extra special care (there were stitches). After about a week everything calmed down and got back to normal. Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 04/13/2010

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My son just had to have a correction done, a very small part of his had regrown, he is seven so not a small as your guy, and from what you are explaining yours will be a little more "indepth" with the anesthesia and all. My son only got a local so he was numb at the site. his pain afterward was little if any, just put vaseline and gauze over it at every diaper change. good luck!

Dana - posted on 04/13/2010

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Same thing with my son except I can't remember to what degree his was. I do know that it was the easiest degree of hypospadias you can have, thankfully for that. He was also born with only part of his foreskin. So either way, I would have had him circumcised since it was only a small piece of skin. Luckily he didn't need it for his reconstruction anyhow.

Sarah - posted on 04/13/2010

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Well said Dana! It doesn't matter WHY she is getting it done, the fact of the matter is that she is getting it done and needed some advice on the recovery process. Simple as that. Not that it matters WHY people choose to have it done, but there are actually congenital problems that require using the baby's foreskin to correct the defect of the penis. My son has something called 2nd degree hypospadias and he could NOT be circumsized at birth even if I had wanted to. The surgeons have to use the baby's foreskin to correct the deformity and a circumcision is done along with correcting the baby's penis. The baby has to be put under general anesthesia in this situation.

Rhonda - posted on 04/13/2010

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the younger you get it done the better,my sister had it done at a later age and it was a little painfull the 1st 2 to3 days then it got a little itchy after that and they gave him benedryl but they have meds they give to help with the pain .if nessesary .it will go through just fine.and the surgery is a fast process,so i wouldnt worry at all.the jelly will be the main thing.and loose clothes,i wouldnt worry

Dana - posted on 04/13/2010

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Regardless if the second paragraph was there or not, she added it after 11 o'clock. There are plenty of posts attacking her decision prior to that. She says she's having surgery for it on Monday, she's was never asking whether or not to do it. She asked about the recovery process. It's ridiculous that people can't respect that and feel the "need" to tell her she's wrong.

Iridescent - posted on 04/12/2010

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Katherine, none of that second paragraph was there prior to 9:04pm (when I posted initially on this thread), which is how a lot of people misunderstood and stuck their opinions on it in vs the information she asked for. That's all.

Katherine - posted on 04/12/2010

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It isn't like I "desire" for my son to have surgery, its just necessary. :(


That's why I said what I did.

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Her original post was only three lines long. Circumcision is a very hot topic that many of us feel strongly about. If it HAS to be done and no choice in the matter, than it's a different story.

Sarah - posted on 04/12/2010

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I'm very glad that Marcie posted it too! I have a son who is going to be faced with a very similar surgery in the next few months & I too have been thinking about how his recovery process is going to go. Marcie, I'm just sorry that more people weren't supportive or helpful to you. Good luck with your little boy's surgery! Let us know how it goes! :)

Corena - posted on 04/12/2010

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I'm sorry that so many people put their personal opinions above the fact that you were asking for help.
I hope everything goes well, let us know.

Dana - posted on 04/12/2010

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Sara, just get a hold of me when the time comes for your sons surgery. I'm a mod for WtCoM so you'll always be able to find my profile easily. :)

Iridescent - posted on 04/12/2010

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You may want to check into the different types that are available. One specifically to ask about is the plastibell procedure as it is much less painful and the upkeep is less.

Be aware of graphic pictures - not horrible, just graphic.

http://www.circlist.com/instrstechs/plas...

Sarah - posted on 04/12/2010

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I'm glad to find some other mommies who have a baby born with hypospadias! My little man is 6.5 months old and he has not had his hypospadias surgery yet. We are hoping to get it done within the next few months. We will also be getting him circumsized during the surgery. Just the whole idea of surgery is scary, but I know everything is going to work out. I may need to get some tips from you ladies about the recovery process! :)

Keshia - posted on 04/12/2010

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dont listen to everyone else asking why you would do it every baby i know has been done and its healthier for them to get it done and i understand they had to wait im sure he was super tiny and had alot of growing to do to be strong enough to get it done goos luck with everything my sons was done the day after he was born and they did use anesthesia so he didnt feel anything and it didnt seem to bother him afterwards i think it bothered me more it didnt look bad or anything i was just afraid to hurt him so i put the cream on goss and wrapped that around his pee pee until it was completely healed i didnt want the sore to stick to his diaper i think it was healed by a week or a little after so good luck with your little guy

Mary - posted on 04/12/2010

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I didn't have any boys so I really can't say about that. All I can say is that circumcision, if you want it done to your son, is supposed to be done on the 8th day after birth. That is according to the scripture. The reason for this is because that is the time the blood clots properly. That is why in the Jewish faith they always circumcise on the 8th day according to the scriptures.

User - posted on 04/12/2010

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My 1st son wasn't able to have his done in the hospital until he was 3 months old. At 7 months, I'd sure get some 2nd and 3rd Pediatric Dr's opinions. When my son was 3 months old I kept pondering whether to do it until hearing from a different mother about her 12 year old that had to because he had been at the beach and had gotten a grain of sand in one of the folds and for another reason he wasn't pullin the skin back to clean it, thus presenting other problems. . It was probably a 1 in a gazillion chance, but I went ahead. Everything did turn out fine for both my boys. I am not telling you what is "right" just that either decision does have pro's and cons that may arise in the long run. Best of Wishes in either decision.......For the record both my boys did go smooth with no complications. :)

Marissa - posted on 04/12/2010

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My son had a hypostadious repair at 8 months old where they used the foreskin to repair. He was 8 weeks early. My son feels no pain (sometimes I think I'm being literal when I say this) since he was back to his happy self the next day.

Dana - posted on 04/12/2010

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It won't be bad. I actually quit giving my son his pain killers after 2 days. He was fine and I didn't want him drugged up. Just follow your heart, your head and his lead.

I know it's a scary process. I just kept telling myself while we were waiting for them to take him in that thank God, or whoever you want, that it wasn't heart or brain surgery. It could worse. I also just acted normal and kept him happy prior. I noticed a lot of mother's crying and looking worried about their children's different surgeries and I think that only makes your child upset. Honestly, the recovery is not that bad at all though. My sons penis did swell but I never noticed him acting any different after that first hour. It was life back to normal!

Marcie - posted on 04/12/2010

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Dana thanks. They told me he will wake on his own and we can feed him in recovery and that his penis would be numb so he won't be in pain. I'm more worried about the days following surgey with swelling and pain. I want to be prepared if its rough going. :)

Rebecca - posted on 04/12/2010

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Well when you put it that way I'm happy he'll be put under and that it's not just being done for the sake of it.

My mother in law had one of hers done at that age and one done at birth. She said the one done at birth came back shaking and in shock and he screamed for 2 weeks every time he urinated. With the other because he was old enough to have pain killers was a lot better. Good Luck.

Kayle - posted on 04/12/2010

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Well I'm not sure if its any different than with a newborns recovery. We just kept patroleum(sp) jelly and guaze on it until it healed so it wouldn't stick to the diaper and get irratated and cleaned it with water once or twice a day. Just remember babies aren't supposed to get baths until its healed so it may be back to sponge baths until its healed. It should only take a couple weeks to heal and with him being older if it starts to bother him you can always give him a little baby tylenol. HTH. =) Good Luck.

Dana - posted on 04/12/2010

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Marcie, my son was born with hypospadias. He had to have surgery and a circumcision along with it. He was six months old at the time. The recovery was fine. Make sure to let him wake up on his own. A nurse told me that it would be better if he did, then there was a shift change and the next nurse came right in and promptly woke him right up. He then cried for the next hour while we waited for his prescription to be filled. They couldn't give him pain killers right after, I had to. I don't know why that was, either way that was a pain in the ass. So find out before hand and if possible have someone fill the prescription right away while your son is still in recovery. I'm not sure how similar your sons case is to mine though.

Marcie - posted on 04/12/2010

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It is an actual surgery and he will not be awake during it. They are making a small correction called "hidden penis" and the circumcision is done with/for it. The reasons aren't important, I just wanted to know if anyone else had it done at my son's age and how the recovery process was. The reason they make them wait is because a baby under 6 months isn't prepared to handle anesthesia as well, so its a safety factor. I didn't realize so many people would be so mad/upset over this. It isn't like I "desire" for my son to have surgery, its just necessary. :(

Dana - posted on 04/12/2010

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Ladies, she's asking about the recovery process, not whether or not she should have her son circumcised.

Kayle - posted on 04/12/2010

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Remember this is just my opinion.

Would you crop a dogs ears or tail when they are already 7 months old? Most vets won't even do this when they are that old. To me this is the same as circumsizing at 7 months. So I don't understand why a dr. would do this to a child or a mother would want to when they are this old. Especially since its pretty much just for looks. I did have my son circumsized at birth but I would never do it at 7 months. But this is my opinion you do what you think is right for your son.

Dana - posted on 04/12/2010

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Rebecca, that's not true of all circumcisions. I'm not sure what you've seen or where you live but where I live they don't cut it or rip it off. They use something that cuts the circulation to the skin and it falls off after a couple of days. It's painless. Prior to that they cut it off, I've never heard nor seen anyone ripping it off.

Rebecca - posted on 04/12/2010

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well since he is 7 months old I guessing they are going to use pain killers for him? As for the Why not? It reduces sexual sensitivity and in rare cases all of the sexual sensitivity. It damages the glands around the head of the penis. And it is totally unnecessary. He is lucky he was prem because the procedure takes at least 10mins and they don't get knocked out for it or a local anaesthetic. They don't cut the skin off they rip it off. I've seen pictures of them doing the procedure and they put them in a vice type of thing where their arms are pinned behind them and their legs are tied down so they don't move during the procedure. I think as a mother you are suppose to protect them from any type of harm not be the cause of it! But it is your decision.

Kristin - posted on 04/12/2010

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Your son's foreskin and it's removal is between you and his father. That is your decision to make and as long as you have educated yourselves, do what you feel is best.



While I have not personally been through this, a friend's son had some minor complications that needed correcting not long ago. Here is what they did, get some gauze quarters and a tube of petroleum jelly. Put a big glop on the gauze and smear around, enough to cover the tip. Your son will be able to pee through it and it will keep anything from sticking to the healing site. Not different from what we did with ours when they were done shortly after birth. He possibly will be more aware of it at this age, so keep him securely in a diaper and outfits that he cannot get out of or into. Keep an eye on his hands or how he's moving. You should be able to manage his discomfort through aceteminophen and ibuprofen, get the appropriate dosage from his doctor. My firend's son is as perfect as can be now.



Even if it's a loose circ, you don't usually have to pull the skin back. One of ours has a bit of a mock turtle neck and I did ask about that. Doc said to just keep the area good and clean, should be no problems. As he grows, the skin will pull back on its own.

Nicole - posted on 04/12/2010

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My son was done at birth and I had not done any research. I had to push back the skin for a long time after and use cream. When he was alittle over a year it grew together on one side and I took him to the pediatrician. She had to pull it back again and it was terrible for him. I was not prepared and neither was he. He cried everytime I changed him and would walk around telling me it hurt until it healed again. I would not do it given the choice. I am so glad to see that you are doing research. I would think that this is somewhat of a big procedure at this time. Good luck.

Dana - posted on 04/12/2010

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Ladies let's keep this thread nice and running smoothly. I know circumcision is a hot topic but if this gets out of hand it will be shut down. Let's keep it nice so Marcie can actually get some help on this matter. Thank you, Dana ~ WtCoM moderator

DawnaRae - posted on 04/12/2010

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why not??? my son didnt pay attention to it he didnt seem to be in pain after. all the doctor said was to put baby vacaline on the diaper untill it fully healed so it wouldnt stick to the diaper.

Robin - posted on 04/12/2010

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I understand he was 6 weeks early but Y sis the doctors wait til he was 7 minths old. I have heard it is more painful the older they get. .

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