The Circumcision Discussion - page 44

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... Read More

  1. by   fergus51
    This one always comes up doesn't it? Personally, I wouldn't circ if I had a boy and I don't participate in them as a nurse. Can't do it. I don't care if other people want to do it though. Most of my American friends would circ their kids. Most of my non-American friends find that odd.
  2. by   fergus51
    Quote from mitchsmom
    , if an adult was in that circumstraint, people would realize how tortuous it is and would never let it happen, at least not that way. !
    That's one of my main complaints about it. Very few docs I work with give anything but a pacifier dipped in sweetease. I can't imagine you'd give a grown man a lollypop and then cut off a piece of his most sensitive skin. Few nursery nurses I've worked with even give the follow up tylenol that's ordered prn.

    I am very glad to see so many nurses posting that their docs are using adequate pain control.
  3. by   ElvishDNP
    I don't advocate for piercing toddlers' ears either, just for the record.
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    Funny, I'm sitting here with my feet up reading these posts and my oldest son called me . . . we chatted for a bit and then I told him I was reading the circ thread again and he groaned. I told him about the latest study out that showed a large % of boys not getting circ'd and I asked him if the majority of boys were not circ'd, would he still want to be circ'd. He groaned again and said "yes mom, I would still want to be circ'd". Of course he is visiting a girl he knows from college and they are tentatively thinking about actually dating seriously and I heard her say in the background "you are kidding, right?". As in, are you really talking about circumcision with your MOM?? I just started laughing . . . . and said "Honey, you do realize that this girl you are just beginning to get to know now knows that you have been circ'd don't you?". And just kept laughing . . . . oh, he laughed too.

    So, my boys still are glad they were circ'd. And I still don't like it.

    As to earrings in babies and toddlers, I don't like it. There is no reason for it. And it takes away one of those milestones that teens reach . . . first time you get to shave your legs, piercing your ears, wearing makeup. Etc.

    I didn't get my ears pierced until I was 18. I am a bit of a rebel though - I only have ONE hole in each ear lobe.

  5. by   rnmomtobe2010
    I do have a first cousin that had to be circumcised when he was 8. No pain meds or nothing. Imagine that. He was having problems in that area, though. I just cannot bear the thought of having my baby go through that. I have a 15 month old daughter and her ears are NOT pierced by the way. When she is old enough and asks, then we can do it. Until then she is fine with having hair bows and ribbons making her look like the angel she is. No need to enhance her look with pain.
  6. by   MarySunshine
    I can only find statistics through 2004. I'm not sure if newer ones are available. At any rate, here they are:

    Hope that helps answer the OP's question! You will hear EVERY perspective on this possible. The men I have talked to are usually happy with their penis as is, circ'd or not. Personally, I'd rather leave well enough alone and avoid cosmetic procedures on my infant child.
  7. by   Jo Dirt
    I brought little doobie home from the hospital today and I couldn't put him through it. His little weenie will be just fine like it is, I figure.
  8. by   fergus51
    Quote from motorcycle mama
    I brought little doobie home from the hospital today and I couldn't put him through it. His little weenie will be just fine like it is, I figure.
    Congrats on the new addition:spin: !
  9. by   vashtee
    My husband's son-in-law had a circumcision as an adult. He said it was sore, but nothing like he was expecting...
  10. by   dawngloves
    Congratulations!!! Hope you had the birth experience you wanted!
  11. by   mitchsmom
    Quote from motorcycle mama
    I brought little doobie home from the hospital today and I couldn't put him through it. His little weenie will be just fine like it is, I figure.
    Congrats!!! Enjoy your babymoon!!!
  12. by   MamaMadge
    When I was pregnant with my son (14 years ago) and working in a Peds office (prior to becoming an RN) I was trying to decide about circumcision. My husband said that if there was a good medical reason, then he was for it, and that he trusted my decision, even though he is not circumcised. I was able to watch several circs being performed by the highly skilled Peds I worked with using both Gomco and plastibell methods. After reading, watching and soul-searching, we decided not to circ our son. He has had absolutely no problems, infections or anything.

    After becoming an RN, I worked on a Mother-Baby unit that did many circs a day. These Peds used the local block, plus they used the concentrated oral glucose solution "Sweeties." These babies all screamed bloody murder during the procedure. I never saw one that did NOT scream the whole time.

    Best advice: get well informed, talk to the MD who will do the procedure and make the choice that is best for your family! We are happy with our choice!
  13. by   rn/writer
    Our docs (OBs) use local blocks (and DO wait for them to kick in) and the assisting person gives several rounds of Sweet-Ease on a passy. The kiddoes get Tylenol immediately following the procedure and q 6 hours for 24 hours as needed (usually just one more dose). Many never let out a peep. Some fuss a little afterward--being moved around and redressed and such, but I have never seen a single baby scream or fight or arch or do anything else that would indicate severe pain. In fact, I have seen a fair share nod off and awaken only when they were diapered and dressed. Even then, they didn't seem traumatized.

    Truthfully, I have seen more reaction from Hep B injections, and even those are harder on the parents than on the babies. Most of the kids cry for 10 seconds tops, and many never cry at all.

    That said, I don't think anyone should have to assist with the actual circ against their will. Set-up and clean-up maybe, but not with the procedure itself. Better for all involved if the assistant is calm and relaxed.