Besides being a fundamental religious requirement for jews, Muslims and some Christian.
Circumcision also has health benefits.
Females with circumcised partners are at a reduced rate of contracting cancer of the cervix of the womb than females with uncircumcised partners.
Reduces the risk of getting balanoposthitis and balanitis (inflammation of foreskin and glans)
Reduces the risk of HIV (AIDs) in men
Eliminates the risk of phimosis (the inability to retract the foreskin after an erection)
Reduces the risk of urinary tract infections
The risks with circumcisions when carried out by an experienced professional are small.
On occasion the wound may start bleeding again in the hours following the procedure.
This is taken care of by redressing the wound thus applying pressure to the area.
(In order to avoid this unlikely scenario, precaution is taken in the written and verbal aftercare instructions for you to check the baby regularly in the hours following the circumcision).
Other complications/infections following the circumcision are very rare.
Dependent upon the arranged time of arrival,
we will tell you when to give the last feed to baby prior to the procedure – normally around one and a half hours prior.
We will require a solid table to work on, a changing mat, 8 nappies, a pack of baby wipes, baby’s record book and a large tub of Vaseline.
Note: You will be told as part of the aftercare instructions that baby should not be bathed for 48 hours after the procedure, you may want to bath him the evening prior.
The appointment can last over an hour, however, the actual procedure is very quick – 2 to 3 minutes.
No baby has answered that question as of yet! Once the procedure has taken place and the area has been bandaged baby tends to calm down. You may find him to be more moany in the hours following the procedure and when urinating it may sting him a bit. Other than that there are no concerns.
Following the procedure you will receive guidance notes on how to care for baby on the day, and days, following. This includes how frequently to check for bleeding, when/if to bath baby and what to do in case of emergency.