Circumcision is a procedure that is usually done within the first few weeks of your baby’s life, provided they’re in good health. Karen Prentice, DO, FAAP, Kristin Shepherd, MD, FAAP, Robyn Alfeche MD FAAP, and their team at Great Destinations Pediatrics in Peoria, Arizona, offer compassionate, pain-free circumcision for parents interested in this procedure. Call today or use the online tool to schedule a consultation with the team.
Circumcision — removal of the foreskin of the penis — is a procedure commonly done for cultural, religious, or personal reasons. It’s not medically necessary, but it can potentially help prevent some future medical problems.
Boys with uncircumcised penises are more vulnerable to urinary tract infections. As your child grows, a circumcised penis reduces the risk of developing cancer of the penis as an adult. Your child will also be less at risk of contracting some sexually transmitted diseases and passing them on to others.
The team at Great Destinations Pediatrics do routine circumcisions on healthy male babies. They use a skin anesthetic called lidocaine so that your baby won’t feel the procedure. The procedure lasts 10-15 minutes and the doctors play soft music to calm your child and give sugar syrup on a pacifier for pain control. You will be able to feed your baby right after the procedure, but please do not feed them for two hours prior to the circumcision.
After the circumcision, your child’s penis is covered with gauze and petroleum jelly to protect it while it heals. Your team at Great Destinations Pediatrics will then watch your baby for the next 30 minutes.
You’ll take your baby home about 30 minutes after his circumcision. You shouldn’t notice any bleeding or discharge, but there could be a little bit of blood when you first take the dressing off. If you notice bleeding, please apply direct pressure and call the office or go to the closest emergency room if it does not stop within five minutes.
You should avoid using bath products on your baby’s genital area for a few days after the procedure, as he may be a little sore. Warm water and mild soap are sufficient for cleaning. If your baby has a dressing on his penis, you should change it every time you change his diaper.
Change his diapers frequently to prevent stool and urine from causing irritation and infection.
Expect your baby to heal within 7-10 days. The tip can look a bit yellow or raw, but that’s normal. If you notice any unusual bleeding, discharge, or swelling, or if your baby develops a fever, call Great Destinations Pediatrics right away.
To schedule your baby’s circumcision, call Great Destinations Pediatrics today or use the online tool.