Child Health
Circumcision

​​Introduction:

Circumcision is the surgical removal of the skin covering the tip of a baby's penis called glans.

Benefits:
  • Circumcision makes it simpler to wash the penis. 
  • Decreased risk of urinary tract infections. 
  • Decreased risk of sexually transmitted infections. 
  • Prevention of penile problems. 
  • Decreased risk of penile cancer. 

When is circumcision done?
It is usually done within 10 days after birth.
Process:
  • The baby will lie on his back, and his penis and surrounding area must be cleansed.
  • Anesthetic will be injected into the base of the penis or applied to the penis (topical anesthetic).
  • A special clamp or plastic ring will be attached to the penis.
  • The foreskin will be removed. Then, the penis will be covered with an ointment.
  • After that, the penis will be wrapped loosely with gauze.
Duration:
The procedure generally takes about 10 minutes.

Healing:
It usually takes seven to 10 days for the penis to heal.

Tips for Parents:​
  • Maintain the surrounding area as clean and dry as possible, and gently clean it with warm water.
  • Avoid  pressing or putting pressure on the penis while carrying the baby.
  • It is normal to notice a small amount of yellow fluid on the tip of the penis.
  • Change your baby's diaper often, and make sure the diaper is loosely fastened.
  • Apply a dab of petroleum jelly (or Vaseline) to the tip of the penis to keep it from sticking to the diaper.
  • Avoid using baby’s tissues on the penis until it heals.
  • Do not remove the plastic ring around the penis; as it will drop off on its own.
  • The doctor may prescribe an antibiotic ointment or Vaseline on the tip of the penis, with changing the diaper until the ring is dropped.
  • Once the penis heals, wash it with water and soap during normal bathing.

Contact the doctor if:
  • Normal urination doesn't resume within 12 hours after circumcision.
  • There is foul-smelling drainage from the tip of the penis, or persistent bleeding.
  • The plastic ring remains in place two weeks after circumcision.

FAQs:
  • Is it useful to apply oils (e.g. olive oil, watermelon oil) on the circumcised penis?
    • There is no scientific study or evidence proving this.
  • Is there any risk factors on the baby in case of delayed circumcision?
    • Yes.

Misconceptions:
  • Putting pressure on the baby’s penis by a coffee cup accelerates wound healing.
    • Fact: This is not true.
  • Circumcision negatively affects male fertility.
    • Fact: Circumcision does not affect fertility.




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