"Your son will have a dressing on that may stay in place for up to four days. The doctor will ask you to apply bacitracin to the tip of the penis several times per day. Depending on your child’s age he should avoid straddling toys and similar activities. More specific instructions will be given at the time of your office visit.
Are There Any Problems That Can Happen After Circumcision?
Problems after circumcision are very rare. However, call your pediatrician right away if:
Your baby doesn’t urinate normally within 4 to 6 hours after the circumcision.
There is persistent bleeding.
There is redness around the tip of the penis that seems to be getting worse after 3 to 5 days.
It is normal to have a little yellow discharge or coating around the tip of the penis, but this should not last longer than a week.
Circumcision- Pros And Cons
Most boys in the United States today are circumcised, however, it is far less common worldwide.
Many parents choose to have their sons circumcised because "all the other men in the family were circumcised" or because they don’t want their sons to feel "different." If you choose not to have your son circumcised, you may notice as he gets older that his penis looks different than some of the other boys. If your son seems concerned about this, you may need to talk to him about why he is not circumcised.
Reasons Many Parents Choose Circumcision
Research studies suggest that there are some good medical why your son should be circumcised. These include:
Circumcision lowers your son’s chances of getting a urinary tract infection (UTI
) in the first year of life.
Although a rare condition, cancer of the penis is essentially eliminated in circumcised males.
Research shows that males who are circumcised have a slightly lower risk of getting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Circumcision eliminates foreskin infection that occur at the peak ages of 3 to 5 years.
Circumcision prevents phimosis, a narrow opening that makes it impossible to retract the foreskin at a later age.
Genital hygiene, which is particularly important in unsanitary conditions, may be easier after circumcision.
Reasons Many Parents Choose Not To Circumcise
There are also good reasons why parents choose NOT to have their son circumcised. Circumcision may be more risky if done later in life. Parents should try to make a decision about circumcision before or soon after their son is born and not wait until later.
As with all kinds of surgery, circumcision has some risks. Although uncommon, complication such as local infection and bleeding can occur as a result of the circumcision. On rare occasions, the foreskin may be cut too short or too long, or circumcision may heal improperly. Since many parents see circumcision as a cosmetic procedure, they choose not to have their son exposed to these risks.
Many view the foreskin as an important part of the human body that is necessary for the protection of the penis. If the foreskin is removed, the exposed end of the penis may become irritated and cause the opening of the penis to become too small. This may cause difficulty in urination and may need to be surgically corrected.
Many also believe that the removal of the foreskin can desensitize the tip of the penis, causing a decrease in sexual pleasure later in life.
Almost all uncircumcised Boys can be taught proper hygiene that can lower their chances of getting infections, cancer of the penis, and sexually transmitted diseases.
Is Circumcision Painful?
Some parents worry about their child feeling pain. Infants who are circumcised without pain medicine (anesthesia) will feel some pain. They may have an increased heart rate and blood pressure. These symptoms usually disappear within 24 hours. They may also cry loudly, however, they usually calm down shortly after the surgery. A local anesthetic can be injected to produce a penile nerve block and has been shown to lower pain and stress in infants. Also helpful are having the infant suck on a sugar solution and using topical anesthetic ointments. Talk to your pediatrician about the availability of pain medicine and if it is appropriate for you son. Problems with using pain medicine are rare and usually not serious.
What If I Choose Not To Have My Son Circumcised?
If you choose not to have your son circumcised, talk to your pediatrician about the proper way to keep your son’s penis clean. This is important in order to avoid infection. When your son is old enough, he can learn how to keep his penis clean just as he will learn how to keep other parts of his body clean.
The foreskin is easy to care for and the uncircumcised penis is easy to keep clean. The foreskin usually does not fully retract for several years and should never be forced. Gently washing the genital area while bathing is sufficient. Later, when the foreskin is fully retractable, boys should be taught the importance of washing underneath the foreskin every day to remove the smegma (a white cheese) like substance that is found under the foreskin. See the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) brochure Newborns: Care of the Uncircumcised Penis for more detailed information on how to care for your son’s uncircumcised penis. Contact your pediatrician if you notice any signs of infection such as redness, swelling, or foul-smelling drainage.
Circumcision is often done for religious , social, and cultural reasons. The Academy suggests parents talk to their pediatrician about circumcision and make a decision after looking at all the facts.
Female genital mutilation, sometimes referred to as female circumcision, is a common practice in many cultures. It involves the removal of part or all of a female’s clitoris. Sometimes the opening of the vagina is sewn almost completely shut. It is often done without any pain medicine. The purpose of this practice is to prove that a female is a virgin before she gets married, reduce her ability to experience sexual pleasure after marriage, and promote martial fidelity. There are several serious side effects, including:
Pelvic and urinary tract infections
Negative effect on self-esteem and sexuality
Interference with a female’s ability to have a normal vaginal delivery"
'Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind'. Albert Einstein