Because that's the only way I can see a parent being able to handle watching them do that to their children.
Someone please correct me if I am wrong but its my understanding that short of putting the child to sleep with anesthesia there is no way to numb the whole penis. There are creams to numb the skin, shots that can numb all but the frenulem area but nothing can provide proper anesthesia, that is anesthesia that makes it so the child can feel nothing.
Now, aftercare, that's a different matter. But still, I know lots of moms who circed whose babies haven't had any problems healing. So again, that's not one of the arguments I find all that compelling.
To the OP's question, I think the real issue is that people have no clue what is being cut off when they see the circ. Parents are so brainwashed to think it's medically necessary, and doctors don't tell them any different. So it may be icky and bloody, but if it's "necessary" to keep babies healthy, then it's a necessary evil.
Just another reason to educate people what the foreskin is FOR!!!!!
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I have a couple of friends who circed before they knew any better, and were with their sons for the circs, and have reported that with anesthesia their babies didn't scream or seem unhappy. I believe them. Honestly, I do think it's possible to get good anesthesia, which is one of the reasons that I don't try to convince parents that they shouldn't circ because of the pain.
...Just another reason to educate people what the foreskin is FOR!!!!!
I used to be a CNA and assisted with circumcisions before I was fully informed. There was one provider who used EMLA (at least an hour before) and then also injected local anesthesia and used the mogen (fastest of the three) method and sucrose orally for comfort. With all of those measures combined, discomfort during the actual operation honestly and truly seemed very minimal.
Do *most* babies get adaquate anesthetic? No.
Are videos showing babies suffering during circumcision a useful tool in dissuading parents? Yes.
I completely agree though that because it is *possible* to reduce the pain of circumcision very significantly that we remember to communicate that pain is not the primary reason this practice is appalling.
About a month ago I had my wisdom tooth (only one) pulled. The doc put EMLA on before injecting the anestethic (I can't be knocked out ) and it still hurt like
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go figure whare her brain was....:
(and that is a long time really to examine your dh's penis in the living room with the lights on with no prospect of sex )
That was an interesting night.
R~mama to 3
I've met an intelegent looking wonen on a playdate of a local AP group. When circ topic came up, she said that all her three boys are circ'd, because her dh is and is ok : . Anyway, she went on telling that she wasn't there with her first son, but with the second one she was and it was horrible. She said he thew such a fit because he was strapped : (showing the possition he was strapped in) : : : . After watching this she didn't want to go in with her third son, so her dh did and said that he didn't cry it took it as a man.
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go figure whare her brain was....:
I think if a parent signs away their child's foreskin, the LEAST they can do is be with the baby and offer some kind of comfort. If the parents don't think THEY can "take it" they have no business subjecting their baby to it!
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