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Infant Circumcision Can they really feel it As an American living in the twentieth century I can state with certainty that one of the biggest things we pride ourselves on is our technological superiority and advances in healthcare That is why I was so shocked to learn that most infants who receive circumcisions in the United States go under the knife with no anesthesia of any kind The explanation for this although archaic is understandable from a medical standpoint The main reason that it took so long for someone to test these theories is because there are very rarely any complications with infant circumcisions so the medical community looked at the problem with the attitude of if its not broke dont fix it Luckily though for our future children someone finally did take the chance to try to prove the medical community wrong and disprove the objections for anesthesia One of the reasons that many doctors dont use anesthesia is because they believe that the application of anesthesia would be medically harmful for the baby because of the types of drugs that would be necessary to use Although a valid concern this belief has been proven by scientists to be false In two different Clinical trials where lidocaine was injected into the penis of the infants there was no sign of bleeding swelling or hematomas at the site of the injection after the surgery was completed As for the babys reaction to the drug there was no sign of post operative vital sign abnormalities no skin changes no depressed spinal reflex activity and no delayed recovery of penile sensation Williamson 5 All of the babys did quite well with the medication and there is not expected to be any future signs of complications Another strong belief that has actually been around since early times is that infants wont remember pain or cannot really feel anything because of underdeveloped nerve pathways This belief is
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