Originally Posted by HouseofPeace
my sisters (nurses all) and my family were very shocked we took this dangerous/unclean route. but after my son/birth, my sister worked as a NICU nurse and was SHOCKED at the brutality of circumcision in the unit. So for her son, she opted to circumcise, but a full week after birth. and she couldn't stay present, but refused to leave for long (her story was that they would line up baby boys and just go down the row cutting off foreskins w/out any treatments and the boys would pass out from shock, which was used as proof that 'they didn't really feel it b/c they just fell right asleep afterwards'- she was not agreeing w/ this method) and nursed him immediately afterwards. this worked well for her- she enjoyed having the full week to establish nursing and know her son before doing something traumatic to him and that gave her peace about it b/c he was the same baby afterwards, and she knew him well enough to know that.
Ohh honey you just made my stomach turn!!! How can those doctors DO such a thing?! Those poor babies!!!
I left my boys intact at first - my ex was adamant about it, he had serious size insecurities and wanted them to have their "full package". Fine with me, as I am ALL FOR INTACT, and if this latest bundle is a boy, I will not circ.
But it wasn't to stay that way for us - DS1 was born with hypospadias (where the foreskin doesn't completely encircle the glans, and the opening of the urethra falls underneath the tip), and DS2 was born with a foreskin that was too tight to retract, so urine would get trapped underneath and cause horribly painful infections. They both suffered multiple infections - it sucked royally!!! I ended up having to get them both circ'ed and DS1's hypospadias repaired when they were older, ages 4 & 19 mos. I HATED to do it, but for them it was actually necessary.
A wonderful doctor at Children's Hospital did it, back-to-back surgeries where both of them were under full anesthesia, so the only pain was during recovery. DS2 went first, as his was less complicated - when he was in recovery, the only thing they said they could give him for pain was oxycodone, but I refused it as I didn't think that drug was appropriate for a 19mo! Fortunately I had brought my Hyland's Bumps & Bruises tablets and some Calms Forte & Rescue Remedy - after doses of each of those, he settled down and fell asleep in my arms. The doctor came in and his jaw literally dropped seeing how peaceful he was - he was amazed the homeopathy was so effective! DS1 had a tougher time, since they had to use his foreskin to rebuild his urethra and he had a catheter in place for a couple weeks while it healed, but even he responded well to the homeopathics. Sigh - my poor babies!
Now, DS1 is fine, except for the occasional un-dissolved stitch making its way out, which he kind of thinks is funny. But in spite of my reassurance, DS2 is still pretty sketchy about having his unit touched (I asked the doc to leave some foreskin, and only take off enough to remedy the retraction problem, so I need to help him wash underneath it during his baths). Hopefully this will resolve in time!
Anyway my point is, sometimes it IS necessary to circ, as I found out - but if it's not necessary, why put them through it?!