The Circumcision Discussion - page 86

by jmspeach 186,875 Views | 1299 Comments

I know this can be a HUGE debate, and I'm not looking to start any arguments. I was just wondering as you are OB nurses. I'm expecting a boy in July and not sure if we should circ. or not. My husband says yes, it's better... Read More


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    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Other than religious considerations, the number one reason I have heard expressed in those who cared to share was so father and son "looked the same" down there.

    That is not a really good reason, to me, but it was the reason I allowed my now teenaged son to be circ'd. I would not do the same today, for a lot of reasons. I would not have caved as easily, at least, knowing what I know. It seems lame, what my reasons were back then. I just did not know better.

    Well if I were you I wouldn't be harsh on myself. The cultural shift has definitely recently changed.. it was a norm when you had your son. You are a good mom regardless..i've read your posts and you sound like a real good mom.
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    Thank you for that. I have let it go really. But like I said, if I were to have another boy, I would think this through MUCH more before electing to go through a circ (or rather have him go through it). My own mind has changed a lot in 16 years.
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    In nursing school years ago, I watched a circumcision on a newborn. The baby turned blue, screamed and cried. I decided not to circ my three boys after I did a fairly large amount of research on the subject. My father (who is not circumcised, as he was born in the 1930's) said it best, " As long as you wash and care for the area, there shouldn't be a problem." Still, it is a personal decision and I respect the parent's right to decide what is best for their child.
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    If you do decide to have your baby circumcised it needs to be done before he is 30 days old. I'm telling you this because it is something I wish I would have known when my son was born. It took us a long time to decide and we finally got him to a doctor when my son was 31 days old. They said we would have to wait until he is 1 year old and the price would jump from $250 (the price before 30 days old) to $5,000. So, this ended up not being something we could afford, unfortunately. I hope this helps!
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    Quote from bsrn0523
    In nursing school years ago, I watched a circumcision on a newborn. The baby turned blue, screamed and cried. I decided not to circ my three boys after I did a fairly large amount of research on the subject. My father (who is not circumcised, as he was born in the 1930's) said it best, " As long as you wash and care for the area, there shouldn't be a problem." Still, it is a personal decision and I respect the parent's right to decide what is best for their child.
    There is no excuse for this kind of barbaric approach. At the hospital where I work, babies are given Sweet-Ease on a pacifier as a prep, numbed with a penile block, and given acetaminophen immediately following the procedure. Additionally, our docs wait for the block to take hold. Most babies don't even cry. We take them out to their moms within minutes for feeding and snuggling. Docs who do not pay adequate attention to pain management need to be challenged on their methods.

    Regardless of your stance on the pros and cons of circumcision, the act itself does not have to be an exercise in cruelty.
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    It's not only the physicians who need to be challenged, but the nurses who are "stuck in the mindset" that "they'll forget it in a few minutes". Or, "They cry when you inject the xylocaine, too, so it can't be that helpful". Of course, they would say it was barbaric if they had a lacerated finger and the physician refused to numb it before placing sutures.
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    But then the local wears off and it hurts!!! Every time the baby pees, they scream! And many don't want to breastfeed for a long time afterward.

    No medical reason to do it. None.
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    I understand that, however, that does not address the situation if the parents have REQUESTED that the baby be circumcised. There may be no medical indication, I am not arguing that point. Many parents still WANT their child circumcised. They have made this decision long before they arrived in the hospital, and do not need to be confronted by someone on a mission. The point is that some nurses are stuck in the past when they were taught that "infants don't have a memory for pain" or "they get over it".
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    Quote from rn/writer
    Regardless of your stance on the pros and cons of circumcision, the act itself does not have to be an exercise in cruelty.
    I kinda think the act itself is an exercise in cruelty...with or without the pain relieving issues.
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    Quote from AirforceRN
    I kinda think the act itself is an exercise in cruelty...with or without the pain relieving issues.
    Me, too. The thought of cutting away part of someones genitals makes me shudder.
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