Before I start this post, I would like to apologize for the incorrect spelling on the image posted below. I just realized I misspelled circumcised. Instead of an “S”, I used “Z”. I figure out it is faster to give you a heads up than to load my Photoshop and edit the whole image.

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So, Circumcision… First thing in mind, ask the hospital where you are giving birth if they perform it before you go home. Most Pediatricians no longer do it in-house. I heard that so as long as the baby is less than 10 pounds, they can do the procedure as an outpatient case in their clinics. Most insurance except Kaiser considers it cosmetic so you have to pay out of pocket. Clinics do not accept credit card or checks, they want you to pay CASH upfront. I am not sure why, but it seems that it is everyone’s practice nowadays. The amount varies and ranges from $100-$200 depending on your location and who does it.
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I haven’t had the opportunity to assist on circumcision when I was taking Nursing, but the Pedia said it is a simple one. Before the procedure, it is important you sit with the Doctor and ask whatever questions you have. Remember, once it is done there is no turning back. When we had Elijah’s done, it only took them 30 minutes from prep’ing to calling us back inside the room. The nurse went over the post-op instructions and I will summarize it in few minutes.
First things first, take a look at the image below. These are the SUPPLIES you need and you might want to buy ahead of time.
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1. DIAPERS. It is important to change the baby’s diaper every time it is soiled with urine or bowel movement, so make sure to buy the big box. I bought the Pampers Infant Box that contains 126, Elijah used it all in less than a week.
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2. GAUZE and VASELINE goes together. You have to place a gauze with vaseline over the area. This should be replaced every diaper change for the next three days. This will protect the cut from rubbing through the diaper.

3. COTTON SWABS or Q-Tip. I use two every diaper change. Using the q-tip, pull the skin back exposing the ridge. This is to avoid skin healing over penis.

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4. BATHING. Do sponge bath for the next few days. The Pediatrician advised us to give Elijah a bath after seven days.

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5. HAND SANITIZER and WIPES and PACIFIER. I kind of threw them in the group. Sanitizer and Wipes keeps things clean before and after diaper change. And if your little one is fussy, you might need pacifier to calm him down.

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After the procedure, the Doctor or Nurse will advise you to go back for a check up within the next few days. AND JUST like in any other surgery (major or minor), promptly return to the Clinic or proceed to the Emergency Room if there is any active bleeding or signs of infection.