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How to Care for your Newly Circumcised Baby

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Uploaded on Oct 4, 2010

Doctor: Actually at this point what I do normally is go through the instructions with the parents because it gives a chance for that. So all we're gonna do is we're gonna change the diapers frequently, simply to keep the urine and the stool away from the area. Something that you would do anyway. You'd be changing him quite frequently.

The big trick is lots of large amounts of Vaseline to that area and this prevents the penis from sticking to the diaper. So each diaper change, a great big blob. Now I've put it on a piece of gauze here, just something to lift it into place, but when you're changing him, you're gonna put it directly onto the penis.

If he does soil himself with stool on the cut area, you're gonna wash with a warm water but you're not gonna use any soap until it's healed because the soap will be burning. You're also not going to rub it hard. It's just to remove the stuff. Of course the child remains settled on comfortably wherever his normal position is, usually on the back.

After about 2 days or so, there's a white yellowish yellow tissue, like you burnt something.If you ever burned yourself or grazed yourself, you have this scab-like material that forms? Do not attempt to rub that off. It's a normal part of the healing process. Then the healing itself usually takes 3, 4, 5 days, and at that point after about 3 days or so, they can go straight into the bath.You don't want to dump him into the bath while he still has an open cut. Here's an important point, it says, "Keep the skin down". This is particularly important for him because he is kind of chubby in that area.

So what happens is, is we've removed the skin till here, but there's quite a bit of fat around the base here and sometimes what happens, the skin will push up over the head of the penis.So today or tomorrow while it's still movable, it won't be movable after that, but today and tomorrow you watch and you make sure that it stays at the level it is. It should. It should. Just in case it does go up, we take the four fingers and we just push that skin down to its normal position, so it heals at the level we want it to. That's what we mean by "Keep the skin down" over here.

Once he's completely healed, there's no special anything. Just wash and bathe him normally. You don't have to retract the skin because there's nothing there. I've never had an infection, but I have to tell you about it. Obviously if you have a foul odor or puss draining from that area or it gets all red, there's a possibility that there is an infection. What can happen at times is excessive or ongoing bleeding. Again, that's not something that happens usually. You can apply a little bit of a cloth with some pressure, and it usually stops it. If you can't stop it, it needs attention. There shouldn't be any problem with him passing urine immediately after the procedure, so you'll be looking that he's passing urine.

This will go with you so you don't have to remember any of that. We'll give him just a minute more and we'll take that off and you'll see that it's the way you want it to be.

Father: So there was some form of anesthetic?
Doctor: A topical sort of thing, yeah. Not much, but it just takes the edge off, and here he is sitting with the clamp, munching away.

Now there's a big debate of course, about injections or others whatnot. It's been done for thousands and thousands of years without anything and there doesn't seem to be a problem. Although some recent research that comes out that's claiming that there's irreversible damage done. So there's a lot of people with a lot of irreversible damage running around. I don't quite buy into that.

But we can do it with a clamp or without a clamp, freehand. We can do it with or without full anesthetic. Some people are even saying "anesthetize the whole bottom part of the body" and some people are saying it doesn't really make a whole lot
of difference.

The big thing is tying him down. Once he's relaxed, nothing.You take a normal baby and you tie them down, they're not going to be happy. There is pain. There is pain,

Father: Yeah, I guess so.
Doctor: but it's very transient.

As you can see, he's still sitting here with the clamp. He seems to settle quite nicely. I don't think he's exhausted because I think as soon as I start moving, he's gonna start making noise again.Let me see if I can do it gently. And there you go.

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