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Tales of Circumcision, Penile Adhesion

Circumcision Tales Continued

Following babysugar's tale of circumcision woe, our lil team was buzzing about the procedure and the specific circumstances in which fellow mamas found themselves after giving birth to bouncing baby boys. While some had a hard time deciding whether to get their son snipped, others didn't give it a second thought for religious or personal reasons. One colleague said she'd do it again if she had another son though there were issues with her firstborn's circumcision.

One colleague told us the following tale:

There really was no decision to be made when it came to circumcising our son. Given our religious beliefs, he would go under the knife on his eighth day of life by a mohel, a man trained by rabbis and cantors to perform circumcision on Jewish children. Though I was nervous about the procedure, as most new mothers are, I was comforted by the fact that mohels traditionally use a Mogen circumcision clamp which has been found to reduce the time of the procedure as well as the pain compared to the one used by most doctors. On the day of the ceremony, I was probably the one who cried the loudest, and the longest, and after receiving our after-care instructions, took my baby home and cared for him with gauze pads and ointment for about five days.

To see what she discovered at their next doctor's appointment,


During our one month pediatrician appointment, the doctor inspected my son's penis and told me that some of the skin was reattaching, called penile adhesion. After applying some EMLA numbing cream, he proceeded to pull back on the skin that had reattached to the glans. He then applied some ointment to the area to ensure that the skin did not reattach. Though my son cried during the five second procedure, he was comfortable within minutes. We went through the same process during the next three visits to our doctor. When I asked the doctor why it had happened, he explained that it was very common, and just wished that more mohels and obstetricians who performed the procedure would tell new parents to watch for it so that they could correct it at home. Though I wish it had never happened, it hasn't changed my view on the procedure. Should I have another boy, I would call the same mohel and book his services – but this time, I know what to look for during the after care.

Did your son have reattachment issues?


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