If you are a parent or are hoping to become a parent in the future then this article is of great importance to you. In this article we are going to look at basic issues regarding baby circumcision. But before we go any further let’s look at the meaning of the word circumcision. Here we go.
Circumcision is the surgical removal of foreskin. It involves the removal of skin that covers the head of the penis. It is an optional procedure which means you may decide whether to have your son circumcised or not. It takes a short period of time, about 15-20 minutes. It is also performed by a professional medical doctor(pediatrician) in a medical setting.
For certain reasons, circumcision can be done in a non medical setting by a trained person who exactly knows how to do it (procedures), how to relieve pain and how to protect a circumcised baby from infections.
Reasons For Baby Circumcision
There are several reasons to why are baby boys Circumcised. The following are major reasons for babies circumcision;-
Some parents opt their babies circumcised due to health benefits. Studies reveal that a circumcised baby have little chances of getting infections compared to a circumcised one. This is due to the fact that bacteria prefer to live under the for skin. Circumcision helps to protect a baby from Urinary Track Infections (U.T.I) which can lead to severe illness.
Further more circumcision will help to prevent your baby from Sexual Transmitted Infections (S.T.I’s) in the later days. Various medical researches shows that uncircumcised adults are at great risk of getting HIV/AIDS infections and other sexually transmitted infections than circumcised adults.
Some parents choose to have their sons circumcised due to their religious believes. This is based on the fact that the holly books insist all baby boys to have circumcised. This is common among Muslim, Jews and some Christians.
3. Hygienic Reasons.
Hygiene is also one of the major reasons for circumcision. Uncircumcised baby requires different hygiene compared to a circumcised one. This is due to the fact that the removal of a fore skin simplify the hygiene, there fore it is easy to clean the genital parts of a circumcised baby than uncircumcised one. If you opt not to circumcise your baby, you are required to ask your doctor on the necessary procedure to clean your baby’s under and fore skin.
It is the culture of some societies and tribes to have babies and male adults circumcised. This is based on the belief that the circumcised person is more civilized compared to uncircumcised person. In these societies it is very shame to have an uncircumcised baby at home. The circumcision process is accompanied by the ceremony.
How To Take Care of A Circumcised Baby
During Diaper Change
Regular change of diaper is recommended. Be careful with a surgical wound to avoid pains.This means you need to care for the baby’s penis as it heals. In order to prevent the wound from rubbing against the diaper apply petroleum jelly on the penis, then cover the penis with the loose soft gauze.
With each diaper change use the soap and clean warm water to remove stool then pat your baby dry. After diaper change wrap your baby in a soft towel. If the tip of the is red, this is normal. If the tip of the penis looks black or bluish, this is not normal and please contact your doctor for further advice. In addition to that, if a baby cries excessively, please contact your doctor immediately.
Remember, tub bath is not advised until the wound heals completely. Instead sponge bath is highly recommended. After sponge bathing pat your baby dry and wrap him in the soft towel.
Risks of Circumcision
The two common risks of circumcision are Bleeding and Infections.
If the circumcision was done in the medical setting(hospital) by a pediatrician there will no or little risk of bleeding. Severe bleeding after circumcision can occur if the circumcision has been done by untrained and inexperienced person. The severe bleeding is the serious problem, there fore contact the pediatrician immediately if a baby is in this state.
Again a baby may get infections if he was circumcised in a non medical setting by untrained person. However, there is a little risk of infections to some babies even if the circumcision was done in a medical setting.
Baby boys circumcision is very important. The reasons why some parents hesitate to let their babies circumcised are the fear of pains, bleeding and infections. It is important to note that during circumcision, the doctor will use medicines for pain relief. Some doctors use topical cream or special ointment oils. If you have any question regarding circumcision, please ask a pediatrician.
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