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What Parents Should Know About Infant Circumcision

Paediatric Care: What Parents Should Know About Infant Circumcision

In the journey of parenthood, making informed decisions about your child’s health and wellbeing is paramount. One such decision that parents might face is the prospect of infant circumcision. As a medical professional with extensive experience in this area, I aim to provide a comprehensive guide to help parents understand the procedure, its benefits, and care post-circumcision.


Understanding Infant Circumcision

Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin, the skin covering the tip of the penis. In infants, this procedure is not only a cultural or religious choice but can also be a health consideration. The procedure is straightforward and generally safe when performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner.


The Plastibell Technique

In our practice, we employ the Plastibell technique, a method renowned for its safety and efficiency. This technique involves placing a small ring (Plastibell) under the foreskin, which then is tied off. This method is preferred for its minimal invasiveness and is particularly suitable for infants due to its simplicity and effectiveness in minimising discomfort and potential complications.


Benefits of Infant Circumcision

Research indicates several potential health benefits of circumcision, including a reduced risk of urinary tract infections in infancy and a lowered risk of certain sexually transmitted infections in adulthood. Additionally, circumcision eliminates the need for retracting and cleaning under the foreskin, which can be beneficial in maintaining hygiene.


Preparing for the Procedure

Before the circumcision, it’s important for parents to understand the process. An initial consultation with the doctor will provide an opportunity to discuss the procedure and address any concerns. We ensure that parents are fully informed about every aspect of the care and the procedure itself, including the use of a numbing cream prior to surgery to ensure minimal discomfort for the infant.


Post-Procedure Care

Post-operative care is crucial for a smooth recovery. The Plastibell technique typically results in a ring that falls off within a week, similar to how an umbilical cord detaches. During this period, normal bathing and dressing are possible, but parents should observe the circumcision site for any signs of infection or unusual discharge.


Pain Management

Infants usually experience minimal discomfort post-circumcision. However, it’s important to monitor for any signs of pain or discomfort. If older infants show signs of stinging, especially when urinating, pain relief methods can be discussed with the doctor.


Follow-Up and Long-Term Care

A follow-up appointment is essential to monitor the healing process. This appointment also serves as an opportunity to discuss long-term care, including hygiene and any potential concerns as the child grows.


Making an Informed Decision

Choosing to circumcise your infant is a personal decision that should be made after careful consideration. Parents should weigh the potential benefits against any risks and consider their cultural, religious, and personal beliefs. Open and honest communication with your healthcare provider is key to making an informed decision.


Dr. Michael Read: Your Trusted Partner in Paediatric Care

With over thirty years of experience in pediatric care, particularly in circumcision, I am committed to ensuring that parents are well-informed, comfortable, and supported throughout this process. Our approach is centered on providing safe, compassionate, and expert care for your child.



Infant circumcision is a decision that comes with many considerations. As healthcare providers, we are here to offer comprehensive information, support, and expert care. Our priority is the safety and comfort of your child and providing you with the necessary information to make an informed decision. If you are considering infant circumcision, we invite you to book a consultation to discuss your options and any questions you may have. Together, we can ensure the best care for your child’s health and wellbeing.

To explore the benefits of circumcision for your child, book a consultation with Dr. Read today. Call 07 5531 3205 or visit our Infant Circumcision page to learn more. 

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