Although circumcision is a quick procedure, it is extremely painful for the infant. The initial part of the process involves a forced separation of the foreskin, which is fused to the glans (head) in much the same way as a fingernail is joined to the finger. Many of our Australian doctors use EMLA cream, which the AAP says, “The analgesic effect is limited during the phases associated with extensive tissue trauma…”. Even the manufacturers of EMLA cream do not recommend it for infant circumcisions. But despite all of this our circumcising doctors in Australia, Including Dr Terry Russell and Dr Milton Sales use the cream, with Dr Sales then falsely claiming “They don’t feel the surgical procedure”.
For many years the doctors performing circumcision in Australia would claim that ‘babies do not feel pain’. They claimed that their nervous system was not yet fully developed, and could not feel pain the way that an adult would. At the time the general public was more likely to believe whatever a doctor told them, but in recent years common sense has prevailed and most doctors know that they can no longer get away with this blatent lie. If an Australia doctor tries to tell you that your baby does not feel pain, I suggest you perform this simple experiment. Grab a piece of your baby’s skin, and pinch really hard. Do you think they will scream? Any caring parent would instinctively know that they would, and would not ever think to actually carry out this experiment. Why is it then that some still believe that crushing and cutting into one of the most sensitive parts of the body would be any different?
Most doctors in Australian use the plastibell method of circumcision, but despite claims by Dr Terry Russell, Dr Anil Kumar and others, the plastibell method of circumcision is in no way more “gentle” or “less painful”. Every single method involves cutting into sensitive flesh (they have to rip apart the foreskin from the head of the penis and make a slit down the foreskin to even place the plastibell). Read more information on the Plastibell method and watch Plastibell circumcision videos on the page below:
See the links below for further reading on the issue of pain and circumcision: