Circumcision, also known by the penis shaft and glans, is a medical procedure that removes the foreskin from the penis. The procedure is performed gently by parents, as the newborn is unaware of the process. Parents fear this procedure because they are told it is painful and that their baby will not like the results. The truth is that most of the pain that is felt by the newborn during the procedure is actually from the pressure of the stitches. In most cases the stitches are removed after three days.
There are some differences in infant circumcision care between male and female newborns. The process for the newborn differs slightly because the location of the umbilical cord stump is different. The foreskin must be removed by the baby through the scrotum, while the girl must do it under the vagina.
The doctor will perform circumcisions to remove excess skin from the penis. This skin is removed to allow for a gentle, clean slide of the diaper across sensitive areas of the penis. The skin will be soft, but it is not flabby. If your baby is having difficulty removing the urine from the diaper, get medical attention immediately.
When a baby is circumcised, he may cry for a while. This is normal and should cease within a few hours. The baby’s crying will help settle him in his new place. A quick diaper change can be done. In the past, many families tried to keep their baby as close to home as possible because of the high rate of infant circumcision. It is rare that both parents seek medical attention for their baby boy today.
Petroleum jelly can be applied to the newborn’s penis for moisture removal. This can be messy so some families use an extra absorbent diaper. This is also messy than petroleum jelly, so it should not be used as often. A powder-free jelly is better than petroleum jelly if the baby requires an extra absorbent diaper. Another option is to simply re-use the same diaper that was used for the circumcision.
If the baby refuses to follow the diaper procedure, you may want to cover the penis area with gauze. Gauze is easy to remove. You can use wipes to get rid of any excess. The advantage of using gauze is that it allows easier cleaning, but does require the person performing the circumcision to be very careful.
There are ways to protect your baby from these risks. Make sure you use a diaper made specifically for babies and not a regular diaper. Most diapers are designed for newborns and fit very snugly. They are also known as “wipe away”, or “intra-pack”. A newborn diaper with a looser fit will be available in a variety sizes and allow for more flexibility in terms of preventing any stains or messes from being left after a circumcision.
Infantile petroleum jelly can be used as a protection for the penis. It can also be worn under a diaper. The entire penis can be wrapped with the infantile petroleum jelly when it is time for a circumcision. While many people feel that using gauze for circumcision is the best, some doctors prefer to use a diaper change. This is because it is more sanitary. When a man decides which method to use for his child’s circumcision, he should consider hygiene and cleanliness. It not only makes the baby more secure, but it also makes it easier for you to care for your child.