Complications of Circumcision For Infants

Ask your doctor a few questions before you consider circumcision for your baby. These concerns include pain and possible complications, as well as access to a doctor for follow-up. Also, be sure to inquire about the cost and whether there are any medical reasons which prevent circumcision from being performed in a public institution. Some states in Australia will not perform circumcisions unless they are accompanied by a medical reason.


Your newborn may feel some discomfort after being circumcised. To ease pain, apply petroleum jelly to the incision and head of the penis if your child remains awake. Use mild soap and water to clean the circumcision site. Dry it with a towel. In some cases, you can apply ointment to the circumcision site to avoid the diaper sticking to the wound. It is not recommended to give Tylenol or ibuprofen to your newborn, as they will only slow the healing process.

Your infant will likely be fussy for a few days after the procedure. It may also bleed. The penis might appear reddened and swollen at this point. For the first 2 to 3 days, it is best to limit how much your child handles. For the first few days after the circumcision, your child may not be able to bathe. However, it may take up 10 days for your child to return to normal activities. In the meantime, you can take care of your baby and promote healing.


Bleeding is one of the complications of infant circumcision. There have been reports of granulomas along the cut edge and keloid formation. For infants who have conditions that increase the chance of abnormal healing, circumcision should be avoided. However, these complications have not been fatal in a small percentage of cases. Learn more about circumcision for infants and the treatment.

There have been cases of infection in newborns who were circumcised. This is a rare problem, but it should be noted. While the scabs after circumcision can be confused with infections, they are not. Plastibell devices can also cause infection. Infections in newborns could lead to more serious conditions such as sepsis and meningitis.

Plastibell method

The Plastibell method of circumcision for infant’s penis has many advantages. It removes most of the male foreskin. Immediately following the procedure, the incision is red and sore. The incision will become red and sore. It will eventually fall off within 7-10 days. Plastibell usually falls off by itself within 14 days. It is possible to cause bleeding by pulling it off. Wound infection is the most common complication during circumcision. This happens in less that one percent of all 200 circumcisions.

The Plastibell method of circumcision for infant’s penis is safe in experienced hands. The risk of complications for a nurse performing the procedure is eight times greater than that of a surgeon. A nursing assistant performing this procedure will not know how to place a hemostatic stitch correctly. Incorrectly placed hemostatic stitches can cause bleeding and infection. Incorrectly performed circumcisions can also result in glans injury.

Common anatomic anomalies

An examination of ten prospective and retrospective studies of newborn circumcision in sub-Saharan Africa determined that only about one-fourth of male infants have anatomic abnormalities. These findings are likely to have been underreported, even though the actual number is less than two per 1,000 males. One study reported a 0.6% rate of complications, while four other studies reported rates between 2% and 4%. Only three babies were required to have a second circumcision if the first was performed incorrectly.

Some boys may develop a condition called meatal stenosis after circumcision. This condition is marked by a narrowed meatal diameter (less then five French), and it is considered a medical abnormality. In these cases, however, the condition is not considered clinically significant and will usually resolve by itself. In some cases, however, the condition may persist into adulthood or early adulthood.

Ethics of circumcision

The ethical issues surrounding nontherapeutic male circumcision are complex and many. This surgical procedure causes unnecessary injury to an infant’s body and violates their rights. Non-therapeutic male sex circumcision is also against a child’s rights to bodily integrity, and a child’s rights to an open future. It is important that an infant’s circumcision is only performed if it is absolutely necessary and necessary for the child’s health.

While most doctors will always put the best interest of their patients first, many physicians have changed how they view circumcision. Although a majority of doctors still believe circumcision is beneficial, more doctors are now realizing that it can be dangerous. Many doctors prefer not to circumcise babies and will only perform the procedure if parents request it. However, many parents still choose circumcision to save their child’s life. They believe it is a medically necessary procedure that is recommended by health authorities or is considered normal.

Pain relievers

Among the options available for pain relief during newborn circumcision are topical lidocaine prilocaine cream, EMLA (eugenol), and dorsal penile nerve block. While all three methods are effective in relieving pain, none of them completely eliminate it. The most effective method is the one that uses DPNB. It is important to note that the study results have a low effect size because all participants were newborns.

Sugar tablets may be given to the infant in order to help reduce the pain. To ease discomfort after circumcision, sugar tablets and a pacifier can be given. A padded chair is also recommended. These options may help to reduce the time required for the procedure. Acetaminophen, however, may provide superior pain relief. A padded chair can be helpful in relieving pain after circumcision.

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