FAQ- Some of the Most Common Questions Parents Ask
Does my child feel pain during the procedure?
While the nerve endings of all newborns are underdeveloped, they do feel the discomfort of the circumcision. Some parents prefer to use a topical analgesic called Emla Cream, which is by prescription only. In general, even without Emla Cream, infants are calm within a minute of the completion of the procedure.
How much does a circumcision cost?
Cost depends on many factors, such as age of patient, travel distance, services chosen, and more. For more information on fees, contact Rabbi Karesh.
How long is the healing process?
Healing goes in stages. But the first rule of thumb is this: every baby heals on his own clock. In general, however, here is how things go. In the first week, one can anticipate swelling and slight dicoloration of the glans. After a week, the swelling is gone and things begin to look "normal". However, it still takes a couple more weeks for the skin to grow in completely. While the aftercare only lasts up to 3 days, the full healing process usually takes about a month.
Is my baby likely to get an infection?
With all surgeries, there is a risk of infection. In circumcision, they are very rare. When they occur, it is most likely due to fecal matter that gained access to the incision. That is the primary reason that the aftercare requires a petroleum based ointment, such as Neosporin Ointment or A & D Ointment. It acts to water proof the area from bacteria.
Wait... how does this aftercare thing work again???
Super easy. Rabbi Karesh will provide you with all the aftercare materials that you need.
I'm a neurotic parent. When can I call Rabbi Karesh with questions?
Great question. Rabbi Karesh is available from about 8 am to 11 pm for questions of any kind. Urgent ones, or neurotic ones...
And for the night after the circumcision, Rabbi Karesh can be reached around the clock on his cell phone: 773-877-2247.