how does circumcision work exactly??

Shawnteria - posted on 03/08/2013 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I have a 4 month old and i have to get him circumcised but im worried. Do the doctors put the babies to sleep first or what how does it go exactly??

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/13/2013

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Well, it is not uncomfortable since their body is born with it, they need it. It actually helps protect the penis from said infection, and helps lubricate it. Also, when you cut off the foreskin, you are cutting through tons of nerve endings. Leaving the penis less sensitive then it should be naturally. Also, exposing the tip of the penis to be desensitized by things such as underwear and pants. It is healthier for your son to stay un cut. This also does not include the potential risks of anesthesia.

Once a child is about 5 or older, they can slowly start pulling back their foreskin, for easier cleaning. In the meantime never pull back your childs foreskin. That can unintentionally cause serious damage to his penis.

Shawnteria - posted on 03/12/2013

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Well ive been asking around and doing my own little research and some people feel like the extra skin is uncomfortable and makes it easier to catch infections where as some say they're fine and healthy and have no problems. Which is why i asked to get more opinions.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/11/2013

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Just so you know, my son is almost 7 and was not cir'd. He is happy, healthy, and has never run into any issues that pro-circ'd people go on about. If he wants to chop off the foreskin when he is older, he can make that decision.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/11/2013

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You can actually google it and watch what the procedure entails. Usually once they are past infancy, it is a major surgery. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be on your son. Is there a specific medical reason you are needing to do this? Cause really it is not necessary.

Liz - posted on 03/08/2013

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I know they don't put them to sleep when they're newborns, but given that he's a little older, they may give him a sedative to keep him still. They DEFINITELY use a numbing cream and injection. They will snip off the end of the foreskin, and that's that. You will have to apply vaseline to his penis for about a week or so afterwards, to prevent it from sticking to the diaper. He will be fine very shortly after the procedure. It looks pretty sore and gross for awhile, just to warn you.

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Lek - posted on 05/30/2013

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hi did u get the answers u wanted?
PM me if u want to know how my son was done and the options we studied :)

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/13/2013

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BTW my husband and son are both not circ'd and neither of them have ever had any medical problems. But my sisters 2 kids have had it done, and both got botch. By 2 different doctors in 2 different states. Her oldest is almost 18, and will need corrective surgery later on in life.

Liz - posted on 03/13/2013

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Really they only get infections if your little guy doesn't learn how to pull the skin back and clean properly there. If you can teach him this, he shouldn't have that problem.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/12/2013

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So why do you feel it is needed? There is so much misinformation about the benefits of circumcision.

Shawnteria - posted on 03/12/2013

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We're just weighing our options the decision could go either way. He doesnt necessarily feel as if its needed while i on the other hand do.

Shawnteria - posted on 03/11/2013

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Thank you everyone for your comments. And no i have no religious reasons for doing it only personal. I am still debating the decision with my fiance so nothings final but i do appreciate the comments.

Liz - posted on 03/11/2013

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I'm not trying to make her feel bad or guilty. She posted. It invited comment. I responded with what I was thinking. It's what tends to happen.

Liz - posted on 03/11/2013

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Sure, ask away. But she didn't ask for advice on IF she should get it done. Just pointing out the difference. I don't think it's anyone's job to make someone else feel bad or guilty about a decision they have made. That's all. Not trying to start a debate or fight.

Liz - posted on 03/11/2013

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@Liz Hummel

Because she posted on a public message board and I'm curious. I don't actually understand the motivation behind a non-religious, non-medically necessary mutilation and was hoping for some insight from the OP.

Tell me, if someone posted that they were thinking of going the route of female circumcision for their daughter (and yes, I understand the difference between the two procedures, but they are roughly equivalent in the sense that part of the child is removed unnecessarily for arguably spurious reasons), would you tell us then that it shouldn't matter why she wants to have it done?

Jodi - posted on 03/10/2013

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It shouldn't be a parent's decision to lop bits off their baby......but unfortunately you are right, it is her decision. However, she posted on a public board, so people also have every right to ask the question.

Liz - posted on 03/10/2013

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Why does it matter why she wants to have it done? It's her decision, just as it's your decision to circumcise or not circumcise your son...

Liz - posted on 03/09/2013

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Unless you're Jewish or the child has expertly diagnosed medical issues that require the removal of his foreskin (such as strictures causing urinary difficulty), I'm not sure why you would want to have this done. Penises with intact foreskin function perfectly well provided that their owner knows how to keep them clean. Why put your child through pain and a body-altering procedure unnecessarily?

Jodi - posted on 03/08/2013

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Of course they don't put them to sleep. They might use a little numbing cream. I'm pretty sure it still hurts a lot.

Why do you feel you need to get it done? It is totally unnecessary, and unless there is some medical reason, it is pure cosmetic surgery. Given you didn't make this choice when he was first born, why would you decide to do it now?

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