Many mothers ask about the appropriate purification time for the infant and how to take care of the child after this operation. The process of purification or circumcision is a simple surgical operation in which an existing excess piece that covers the head of the penis of a newborn baby, which is also called the “foreskin”, is removed. And the infant child enters the circumcision process for medical reasons, where the newborn child may suffer from a condition called narrow foreskin or suffer from an infection in the head of the penis or foreskin, while the other and most common reason is a religious reason and an inherited belief in our Arab countries, and it also performs this operation as well. Some African societies, as it has become more widespread at the present time around the world, so the father and mother always ask about the appropriate time to perform the process of purification or circumcision for the male infant.
The opinions of health experts and surgeons indicate that the ideal time to perform circumcision for a male newborn is within one to 3 days of birth, so the father and mother often agree with the obstetrician and gynecologist to prepare the circumcision process immediately after birth, before leaving the hospital. the hospital.
On the other hand, from the religious point of view, there are opinions that suggest that the circumcision process for the infant should be postponed for a week after birth in order to reduce the risk of bleeding or some other additives to the process. And the matter is slightly different in some other countries and different cultures, where they advise to perform this operation for the child between the ages of one month to 3 months maximum, because after 3 months the child’s sense of pain increases and the process becomes more difficult than performing it immediately after birth.
The process of circumcision or purification is a relatively simple process, in which the excess skin on the head of the penis of the male newborn is removed using a scalpel or surgical scissors. After that, the doctor stops any bleeding using thermal cautery, and the remaining skin edges are sutured together using dissolvable medical sutures.
After the surgery, a bandage is placed on the penis to protect the wound, which is removed before the child goes home, and in some cases the doctor may let it fall off on its own within 24 hours. Some infections will occur in the penis for several days after the operation, which may cause pain and crying for the child, so the doctor may prescribe an ointment for you to use topically to reduce inflammation and pain and help heal the wound.
The doctor may also prescribe oral analgesics such as paracetamol drops, to be used when needed – if the child cries a lot without any apparent reason. The child can take a shower the day after the operation, but it is better to avoid rubbing the area with hands.
There are some medical reasons that may cause delaying the purification process for the newborn so that your child is in a better health condition and more prepared for this surgery, and these reasons include the following:
- The small size of the newborn’s penis makes it difficult for the surgeon to perform the operation.
- If your child is not fully developed and needs incubation for a period after birth.
- Premature birth and weakness of the newborn child.
- If the child suffers from any congenital anomalies of the penis.
The purification process is completely safe and easy, and there are no complications. However, some risks related to the operation may appear in rare cases, which include the following:
- Infection : Infection is very rare because doctors use sterile instruments in the surgery. Even most of the infections associated with circumcision are very mild and can be treated easily. Signs of infection include redness, pus, swelling around the wound, and fever. If you notice any of these signs in your child, contact the surgeon immediately.
- Bleeding at the site of surgery : This is more likely when a child has a bleeding disorder, so it is important to tell the doctor about any family history of bleeding or blood clotting problems. In very rare cases, a small blood vessel injury may occur during the operation. This bleeding will stop on its own, but sometimes stitches are needed.
- Incomplete removal of the foreskin : Sometimes a lot of skin is left on the penis, and this becomes less noticeable as the child gets older. If this skin on the penis is uneven, the child may need corrective surgery at a later time.
- Damage to the penis : It is a very rare condition, as the doctor always takes the necessary precautions during the surgery to prevent this from happening.
The child’s condition may need to consult the doctor who performed the surgery in some rare cases, which include:
- Heavy bleeding that shows a large amount of blood in the diaper.
- The child does not urinate for 12 hours after the circumcision, which may indicate a blockage in the urethra.
- Redness and swelling in the penis, which increases even with the use of creams and antiseptics.
When a baby undergoes surgery, it can cause anxiety in parents. But the process of purification is not considered a difficult or dangerous process, but rather it is very easy and the child usually recovers from it directly and quickly without any complications or health problems appearing on him.