parents don’t realize that if they
have a boy, they need to make the decision
about circumcision in the hospital after
the birth, unless they plan to have a
Bris. Circumcision is the removal of the
foreskin from the infant’s penis.
The procedure is done in the hospital,
using local anesthesia. During a Bris,
the procedure is done eight days after
the baby is born, usually by somebody
trained in religious circumcision or by
a doctor. Usually, it takes the infant
several days to heal after circumcision.
During this time, you will notice a thin
yellow film around the area of circumcision,
a small amount of bleeding and your son
may be irritable or fussy.
Careful care of the penis is crucial
during this time to prevent any types
of infections. Be sure to put diapers
on loosely and to clean the penis well.
Ask your baby's provider for the best
cleansing agent to use. Also, apply petroleum
jelly to the healing areas of the penis
to help prevent discomfort. You can talk
to your doctor about pain relief medicine
for your infant. If there is more than
a little bit of bleeding, or a fever or
signs of infection, call your pediatrician
immediately to have your son examined.
There are no striking health benefits
to circumcision, but it may reduce the
risk of infection. Circumcision is a common
procedure that some families choose to
do simply because it is so common. There are only very rare cases
of health complications with the quick and easy
procedure. Regardless of your opinion
on circumcision, the choice is up to you,
as the parent of the child.
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