If you are expecting a child, you likely want to do everything you can to keep that child happy, healthy and safe. And as your child grows, you will receive lots of advice from family, friends and medical personnel on how to do just that. But how do you know which information to trust and which to discard?
When it comes to your child’s health, the best advice will be backed by evidence-based scientific studies, such as that offered by the Circumcision Academy of Australia on the benefits of newborn circumcision.
Because many soon-to-be parents are unaware of the benefits of this procedure, we strive to provide educational materials on this subject, as well as recommendations of doctors who can perform this surgery, so that you can make the best decision for your child’s health.
Although newborn circumcision is an age-old practice in many cultures, including Australia, recent studies have presented compelling reasons to continue it in modern days. Below, we outline most of these reasons and provide links to several key studies so you can see the evidence for yourself. We also provide an extensive list of local doctors you can schedule your newborn’s circumcision with.
To learn more about newborn circumcision, read through the material below, follow the links and be sure to subscribe to our weekly updates by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call us on (02) 9351 3688 if you have any questions or would like additional information.
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HOW DO I FIND A DOCTOR?
The Academy provides an extensivie list of doctors' names, contact details and other information in order that parents can arrange for their boy to receive a circumcision.
For the free list, simply click: http://www.circumcisionaustralia.org.au/pdf/LOC_ANZ_CAA_2019_08.pdf
What is circumcision?
Circumcision is a simple, quick procedure and is not nearly as traumatic as you might think. It is normally conducted a couple of days after birth of a healthy baby.
How to I care for my baby after circumcision?
Sometimes a baby can be unsettled after circumcision. Be gentle and reassuring with him during the healing process.
In the meantime, the penis may appear red and swollen. For a few days there may be a yellow crust on the tip. This is normal. Complete healing will take a week or so.
How should I clean my baby after circumcision?
You can use sponge baths to gently wash his penis while it is healing. If poo gets on his penis, you can gently remove it with warm, mild soapy water. Allow the penis to dry by itself, as this will help prevent irritation. Before you consider giving him a full bath, wait until the penis is completely healed and the umbilical cord has dropped off.
What should I do when I change his nappy?
When you change his nappy, you should change the bandage as well. After cleaning him, apply a dab of Vaseline before replacing his nappy. This will help protect the penis and ensure it doesn’t stick to his nappy. At about 48 hours after circumcision, you do not usually need to replace the bandage. Lubricant should still be used though to keep the penis from sticking to the nappy. To reduce risk of infection, you should change his nappy fairly often and ensure that it is not too tight.
Follow your doctor’s advice
If in doubt, ask the doctor who did the circumcision, as after-care may vary according to the technique used by the doctor.
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