What You Need to Know About the Bris/Ritual Circumcision
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Please prepare the following items and have them all together before the designated BRIS time.
The baby’s comfort is directly connected with his feeding prior to the Bris.
The goal is that there should be no feeding about an hour before the set Bris time.Therefore, please awaken the baby and feed him about an hour and a half
before the scheduled Bris time so that his feeding is completed by about one hour before this scheduled time.
Please advise of allergies to latex, iodine or wine.
It is of utmost importance to keep the area clean.
Wrapped dressing is removed in a tub of clear warm water after it has been on for 24 hrs. Wash out tub with liquid soap. Prepare a large bath towel, undershirt, 3 dry gauze, 1 ointment/ gauze & a disposable diaper. Soak circumcision area for a few moments to soften the dressing. Begin to unwind the wrap slowly but continuously. A patch of darkened colored coagulant will fall off the underside of the penis. This is not skin. It is part of the dressing. The squashed look of the penis will begin to look more normal in a few hours. Upon total removal of wrap, IMMEDIATELY place baby on towel on his back and apply one dry gauze over top of penis cupping the gauze while applying LIGHT pressure all around penis for a few seconds. Light bleeding is normal and will cease upon a few seconds of this pressure. Do not keep replacing gauze in an effort to stop bleeding, rather keep the same gauze in place, just lifting the gauze up after a minute to examine if bleeding has stopped and if not to continue holding pressure. Only when bleeding has stopped, remove dry gauze and then apply ointment/ gauze and then diaper as normal.
The redness and swelling often take a while to totally disappear. Expect to see three colors as the wound heals. During the first week or so a yellowish discharge occurs. The next stage is a white/not so sticky look. Finally, the area turns pink and the swelling begins to lessen as the circumcision area nears its full healing. Allow two to four weeks for this process.
YOU ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO CALL AT ANYTIME THAT YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THAT YOUR MOHEL KNOWS YOUR SON’S BRIS OUTCOME FIRST HAND AND THAT IT IS WISE TO CALL THE MOHEL BEFORE YOU CALL ANYONE ELSE TO DISCUSS ANY CONCERNS. BE REASSURED THAT YOUR CALLS ARE ALWAYS RETURNED PROMPTLY AND AT ANY HOUR.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO CALL ME ON 800-BABY-BOY (800-222-9269) OR EMAIL TO [email protected]