Before my first baby boy was born, my husband and I made a decision about whether or not to elect having our son circumcised. All parents of baby boys have to make a decision one way or the other, so it’s best to talk about what you want for your son before he is born. Mama R wrote a great post about circumcision. The pros and cons she talked about could help you decide what’s best for your son. 🙂
This topic isn’t one I thought about much – or at all really – until I was pregnant with a baby boy. If you’re like me and a little clueless on what it all means, hopefully I can provide some insight.
What is Circumcision?
A procedure to remove the foreskin of the penis.
“The foreskin is a double-layered fold of skin and mucous membranes that protects the head (glans) of the penis from dryness and irritation that may be caused by contact with urine, feces, and clothing” (Babycenter).
What Will The Doctors Do to My Son?
“First, the doctor is likely to use a local anesthetic to numb the area either by giving your baby an injection in the base of the penis, or by applying a cream about an hour before the procedure.
The doctor holds the foreskin in place with a specialized ring or a clamp and uses a surgical knife to cut off the foreskin. In some cases, excess skin will need to be trimmed afterward. The procedure takes between 30 seconds and 10 minutes, depending on the method.
You can stay with your baby during the operation if you like. Comfort your baby by keeping your face close to his and perhaps singing him a lullaby. Hold him close and feed him when the procedure is over” (Babycenter).
Where is the Procedure Done?
Either at the hospital or your baby’s doctor’s office, usually within a couple weeks of his birth.
Do I Need to Do Anything After the Procedure?
The doctor who performs the surgery will give you instructions on how to care for the penis after the circumcision. Because it is a procedure, even though it’s typically a quick one, the penis will need some care as it heals. The doctor may explain to you how to put petroleum jelly on it, what to look for in the bleeding, and how to watch for infection.
From what I can tell, it seems like circumcision has been the norm for a long time, but is becoming less assumed. I wouldn’t be surprised if the generation of boys being born right now will notice as teens that about half of their peers are circumcised and half are not.