An evidence-based multidisciplinary protocol for neonatal circumcision pain management

J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2002 Jul-Aug;31(4):403-10. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2002.tb00062.x.


Pain experienced in infancy may have effects later in life. Neonatal circumcision is a common painful procedure. In addition to dorsal penile nerve block, interventions that may have a role in minimizing pain and distress in neonatal circumcision include use of a sucrose pacifier, buffered lidocaine, small needles, acetaminophen, swaddling, and environmental modification. The evidence for each intervention is presented and evaluated. Implementation of a comprehensive evidence-based circumcision pain control standard of practice is discussed.

Publication types

  • Patient Education Handout
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Circumcision, Male / adverse effects*
  • Circumcision, Male / nursing*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Pain / etiology
  • Pain Management*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic