Circumcision and Pain?

  1. Ok so witnessed my first circumcision the other day.
    I have to say...I hope I don't have to see another. The doctor used nothing for pain while he put hemastats and cut the babys foreskin. The baby was screaming..and all I could give him was a pacifer with sugar? Seriously??

    Is this common practice?
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  2. 38 Comments

  3. by   RNlovesherPharmD
    No. Our pediatricians use Tylenol PO and lidocaine locally
  4. by   jodyangel
    Well they get 0.5 mls of Tylenol after...but that's not helpful during the painful part : (
  5. by   klone
    Are you sure he didn't give a dorsal penile nerve block (local anesthetic injection, usually with lidocaine) beforehand? It's usually given about 3-5 minutes before the actual procedure. If not, that's barbaric, and totally against AAP recommendations.

    No, that's absolutely NOT common practice to do a RIC without local anesthetic.
  6. by   jodyangel
    Nope he gave nothing.
  7. by   jodyangel
    Trust me it made a Negative impression on me..
  8. by   jodyangel
    He was chatting away about Christmas...not even hardly looking down at the screaming newborn..
  9. by   klone
    I would question him next time. You need to be a patient advocate, and what he did was WRONG and barbaric, and out of date, and against AAP recommendations, and WRONG. Someone needs to let him and your unit and your nurse manager know that this is not okay.
  10. by   jodyangel
    Well I'm new..on orientation...and this is their Only OB. I don't know what most OBs do..that's why I asked..
  11. by   jodyangel
    I just kept thinking...this is Crao if you don't believe that baby is feeling pain!
  12. by   Calabria
    Quote from jodyangel
    Ok so witnessed my first circumcision the other day.
    I have to say...I hope I don't have to see another. The doctor used nothing for pain while he put hemastats and cut the babys foreskin. The baby was screaming..and all I could give him was a pacifer with sugar? Seriously??

    Is this common practice?
    Absolutely not.

    We have standing orders for sucrose PO, lidocaine (administered as a local anesthetic), and Tylenol (which can be given for 24 hours after the procedure).

    Sometimes, I question the effectiveness of the above combination... especially if we have an impatient doctor who doesn't wait long enough for the lidocaine to take effect. But that's a conversation for another day.
  13. by   Calabria
    Also, OP, does your facility use a pain scale for infants? We are required to document pain levels in the infant before and after the procedure, and what interventions were used to help with pain.
  14. by   klone
    Do you not have pediatricians that do the circs? All I can imagine is that since it's an OB doing it, s/he is simply woefully out of date on current recommendations.

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Circumcision and Pain?