This data is old, but for some reason we are still forgetting that it is nonetheless very TRUE for our babies born today.
Shared at: Doctor's Guide Publishing
TORONTO, Feb. 28, 1997 - Male infants feel pain during circumcision and they remember that pain six months later when they receive their routine vaccination, according to a study led by Hospital for Sick Children (HSC) researchers.
The results of this study, led by Dr. Gideon Koren, head of Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology at HSC and a Professor of Pediatrics, Pharmacology, and Medicine at the University of Toronto, are reported in the March 1 issue of the British medical journal Lancet.
Earlier research led by Dr. Koren had indicated that male infants demonstrate a greater pain response to vaccination than female infants. The current study sought to determine whether there was a difference between circumcised and uncircumcised male infants in their pain response to vaccination, and whether pretreatment of circumcision pain with a topical anesthetic affected the pain response to vaccination.
The study involved 87 male infants in three groups: 32 uncircumcised infants; 29 infants receiving a topical anesthetic prior to circumcision; and 26 who were circumcised without pain relief. The infants were recruited to the study through Women's College Hospital. Between ages four and six months, the infants received routine diptheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT) vaccinations from their primary care physician and their pain response to the vaccination was measured.
"What we discovered was that the infants who were uncircumcised demonstrated the least pain during vaccination," Dr. Koren explains. "The infants who were circumcised showed substantially more pain."
Pain response was measured by monitoring facial expression, duration of crying, blood pressure, and heart rate. In addition, parents and the primary care physician completed a questionnaire regarding their perception of the severity of pain the infant was experiencing.
For more on circumcision, pain and related side effects see:
ALL pain studies conducted on circumcision in the US and Canada have come to an early end as a result of infant trauma.
The Brain Altered by Circumcision
Infant Pain Impacts Adult Sensitivity
Boys cut at birth move their bodies differently
Circumcision: How Much Does it Hurt?
A plastibell circumcision (the type used in Patti Ramos' photo essay on circumcision) - the company likes to claim genital cutting does not hurt as much when plastic clamps are used rather than metal clamps
Reports from mothers who observed son's circumcision
Reports from a father who observed his son's circumcision: Stop MGM and Will You Make the Cut?
Men on this site tell their stories of how circumcision impacted them.
Babies "voice their opinion" [video clip of common newborn reactions]
A mother of 2 circumcised sons researches it before her 3rd is born
Another plastibell circumcision is video taped here
For statistics on side effects (including death) due to circumcision see:
Increased Dangers of Circumcision Report (pdf) at DoctorsOpposingCircumcision.org