Newborns & Babies

0-2 years


FAQ's: Newborns & Babies

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As specified earlier, the process of injecting the local anaesthetic is painful and will sting and at this point, all babies and infants will cry. However, once this has set in the entire penis will be numb. It is extremely rare for the anaesthetic not to work. Our surgeons are very experienced and able to administer excellent anaesthesia. However, this does not guarantee your son will not cry during the procedure. Some children still cry during the procedure and this is usually because they become frustrated at their nappies being opened and legs being held. They will not feel any pain and there is no reason to be alarmed.

It is completely normal to feel nervous and anxious. Seeing your newborn son going through a procedure can be a stressful experience and parents deal with this in different ways. The most important thing to remember is that the stress of parents can spread to their children. Even the youngest of infants look to their mothers to determine how to react to a situation. The best way to help your son through this process is to remain calm yourselves. From our experience of over 6000 circumcisions, we have noticed that agitated parents go hand in hand with crying babies. Numerous studies have demonstrated a link between maternal anxiety and excessive infant crying. The best way to ease the process for your son is to try and be as relaxed as possible.

We prefer parents to be present during the procedure as this gives a great deal of confidence and comfort to the infant undergoing the procedure. Seeing a familiar face or hearing a familiar voice is reassuring to your baby. However, we are also fully comfortable if a parent feels they do not want to be present and would rather remain in the waiting room.

This depends on age, with recovery times increasing the older the child gets. Typically for infants the ring and excess foreskin come off within 5 to 10 days and the area will usually heal completely after another 1 to 2 weeks.

If the suture method has been used, then recovery times are usually 4 to 6 weeks.

There is a common misconception amongst parents that their babies will struggle to pass urine once the ring is on. This is absolutely not the case. Your son should be able to pass urine normally with the ring in place. We advise parents to ensure they have observed their children having a wet nappy within the first 6 hours after the procedure has been completed.

We do not routinely prescribe antibiotics after the procedure. We do, however, prescribe you an antibiotic cream to apply to the wound 3 times a day in the week following the procedure.

At Circumcision Pro, we believe our clients are clients for life and we are always on hand to help answer your questions and address your concerns. At the initial consultation, we will go through the entire aftercare process with you. We will also provide you with a comprehensive pack consisting of relevant prescriptions, a summary sheet of the aftercare instructions, a letter to be handed into your son’s GP stating what specific procedure has been performed as well as our 24/7 contact details.


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