Many parents wonder how to tell if their child will be circumcised or not. Circumcision is a procedure of removing the foreskin of the penis, or the baby’s member, in order to make it look cleaner and more presentable. This procedure was performed manually in the past. However, modern machines make it easier and more comfortable for infants. Is circumcision painful?
Many doctors believe that the child will not feel pain at first. But when the bandage is removed, there is some slight discomfort, mostly in the head and the shaft area. After a few weeks, the baby should feel little or no pain, and thus it is a relatively painless procedure. A local anesthetic may be used if the baby is nervous or unable to cope with the doctor’s instructions.
The actual time of pain depends on a lot of factors. Usually, an infant cannot tell the difference between the normal feeling of pain and the sensation of having his member put in a scissors. Thus, the infant cannot tell how it feels, so the doctor will just take it easy. To be certain, observe the infant for a few days and note when he cries in pain. Infants usually don’t cry out because their bodies are crying out in pain, but they do it because they are uncomfortable.
Sometimes, when the baby is very young, his foreskin may be red, swollen and he may feel itching in the genital area. Such a state is perfectly normal, and this is also an indication that the baby is uncomfortable. This baby may pull his foreskin back gently but not too hard to cause scarring.
You can also check for bleeding to determine if your infant is in discomfort. If the bleeding is light or even stops after the doctor cuts, then the baby is not really in pain. If the bleeding is severe, especially after the doctor has cleaned the area, the infant may be in pain. This baby may pull his foreskin back gently. However, he shouldn’t be pulled too hard to cause scarring.
Infants may feel itching in their penis, which can be a sign that they are uncomfortable. However, there is no pain involved, so such a baby can go on crying or playing. If the itching becomes intense, or if the infant gets bleeding, then the doctor should take steps to stop the bleeding immediately. If the infant continues to disturb the area, the doctor should take steps immediately to determine the cause.
A baby may also cry if he is being circumcised. Such a crying may be due to discomfort or to shame. After the baby has been cleaned, the crying should stop. If the infant continues to cry or is being disturbed during cleaning, medical attention should be sought. The doctor should explain to parents why the baby is crying and why it should stop.
The question “Why is circumcision painful?” is not a simple one. cannot be answered with a single yes or no answer. The situation varies from baby to baby, and each case should be treated individually. The bottom line is that every baby’s situation is unique and should be treated accordingly.