Hello Maddychelle at last I get a chance to help you out!! I usually dont engage in this debate as it is using a witch hunt in this site with some poor mother being crucified for answering someones questions. It is a very personal decision and to each their own. We had Caleb done when he was 4 weeks old. In the beginning it was more my husband wanted it done than me but I guess that is just a mum thing (dont want to hurt your little baby) We spoke to a brialliant Dr at Macregor not far from Garden City. His name is Dr C. T. Russell (he uses Terry his middle name as his first name) his number is 33496444. Dr Russell has received an Order of Australian in honour for his work in this field. He uses the Plastibell method which is a small ring which fits inside the foreskin over the head of the penis. A ligature (string) is tied on the outside of the foreskin, so that the foreskin is compressed between the ring on the inside and the ligarure outside. The benefits of this method are 1. The clamping cuts off the circulation to the foreskin so that it should not bleed 2. Again because the circulation is cut off, it is difficult for infection to ascend beyond that point. 3.The clamping also cuts off the nerve supply so that it should be quite painless afterwards. 4. Because the Plastibell is sitting on the head of the penis, it accurately defines the level at which the circumcision occurs. No dressings are necessary. You can bath him normally, and the ring drops off of its off accord several days later. We had it done for many reasons in the end - hygiene, less chances of contracting a STD(including AIDS and Hepatitis), less chance of penile cancer and research also should uncircumcised boys had a 20 times greater risk of Urinary tract infection. Smegma, a mixture of old mucas and dead skin cells, can aaccumulate under the foreskin. It will always accumulate under the foreskins of uncircumcised boys. It acts as a focus for infection, but even more importantly it is the presence of smegma when they are young that predisposes to cancer of the penis later in life. I recently saw an interview with a professor from one of the Uni's in Australia who said recent research also showed that women who are sexually active with males who are not circumcised had a large increase in chances of contracting cancer of the uterus. Yet again due to the hygiene factor. The removed skin is donated for research into skin cancer which you have to sign a release form to give permission to use this skin. In our first appt with Dr Russell he sat down and gave us information and was very helpful, open and honest. He examined Caleb and agreed to do the procedure. He explained to us to apply a generous amount of EMLA anaesthetic cream (supplied by Dr Russell) to Calebs penis and wrap it in Glad-wrap (to keep the cream in place and not out in the nappy) 2 hrs prior to our next appt. This cream works for around 4 hours afterwards. We were also advised to not feed Caleb for 2 hours prior so he was less likely to wee, poo or throw-up. We went back the next day for the procedure. When we arrived the nurse came and took Caleb saying to get his bottle ready as he might be hungry. We waited outside for around 5 - 10 mins and then Caleb was returned to us. He had cried (wet eyes) but was not crying when he returned. The baby has to be held very still which they do not like and this upsets them as well. We fed Caleb at the surgery and then left for the day. Caleb was fine so we went to Garden City for lunch. He never cried after it for any reason relating to the procedure. We had to apply Betadine ointment for the next 2 - 3 days to be sure it didnt get infected. The plastic bell fell off in around 4 days and everything was fine. We returned to Dr Russells for a check up about 2 weeks later and he confirmed everything went well.
We were warned about some boys developing a pad of puppy fat in front of their pubic bone. This means the the puppy fat pushes the shaft skin forward so that it overhangs or even covers the head of the penis. If this happens (which it did in Caleb) every day when we bathed him we had to make sure the shaft skin was pushed back firmly towards his pubic bone because 1. Smegma may accumulate in the edges 2. If left undisturbed for more than a day or two the skin can reattached. This happened to Caleb so when he was 12 months we had to return to Dr Russell for him to fix this. This wasnt very nice and it did hurt Caleb. He did settle down very quickly. Saying that we didnt personally experience the original procedure so perhaps Caleb reacted the same way then. It will be one of those mysteries. This was 2 years ago and it cost us $375.00 for all the appointments(including the check up) and the procedure and got $129.10 back from medicare. The Plasticbell cost us $35.00 which you can not claim. Dr Russell sees patients from all over Australia at his surgery. He is very busy so it took us 3 weeks to get an appointment. I am sure if you would like more information you could contact the surgery and they would send it to you. I have known a few males in the past that had torn their foreskins and had to have surgery later in life. A friend of mines son's (not circumcised) foreskin attached when he was around 7 so he too had to be circumcised which involved a general anaesthetic. Just a thought I was speaking to a friend of mine who is a solicitor and he brought up a point, with all the law suits these days one would have to wonder if a son would bring one against his parents for having or not having him circumcised..... So that is about all I can tell you. If I can answer any other questions maddychelle please just let me know. For anyone reading this as I said before I am sharing this as the question was asked. I am NOT saying this is what anyone should or shouldnt do. This was my husband and mine experience and our personal choice. I am not and do not judge other people and would like the same courtesy. Good luck.