What is circumcision, when should it be done, who does it, why should my baby boy be circumcised, is it necessary, what are the circumcision pros and cons? These are the questions young parents ask when they know their baby is a boy.
What Is Circumcision?
The doctor will remove free the foreskin from the head of the penis then snip off the excess foreskin. The remaining skin is tucked under and stitched. The head or glans of the penis is exposed and not covered by the foreskin.
It is a very simple procedure that is performed on the first or second day after your baby is born to avoid complications that can arise in older children.
What Are The Risks
There are not many complications when performed on newborn babies. some of the risks include
- bruising and bleeding.
- If too much skin is removed it can cause cosmetic concerns and scarring.
- infection that can cause swelling.
complications can arise in adult males who resent being circumcised at birth.
- The penis can be buried in scar tissue if the too much or too little skin was removed. The only treatment for this is surgical.
- Most men are not concerned about their circumcision but a small number complain of reduced sensitivity because the foreskin has been removed.
Before getting their baby circumcised parents should discuss the procedure with their doctor as it is not painless and parents need to discuss the type of anesthesia the doctor will use. They also need to ask how to care for the baby to prevent infection after the procedure.
What Are The Benefits Of Circumcision?
Even though it is thought that circumcision can reduce the incidence of some conditions it has not been proven.
- Sexually transmitted diseases. This has not been proven but there does seem to be a reduced risk of STD’s in circumcised males. It is also thought that it helps prevent cervical cancer in women.
- Reduced risk of cancer of the penis in circumcised men. Not proven but seems to be more prevalent in uncircumcised males.
- Hygiene is one of the main reasons parents get their little boys circumcised. It makes it much easier to clean the penis.
- Urinary tract infections are unusual in men and boys but these infections are greatly reduced in circumcised boys
The Circumcision Controversy
There are widely held opinions about circumcision with valid arguments on both sides of the debate. For many parents, it is considered an unnecessary mutilation of their child. They argue that hygiene can be maintained by gently pulling back the baby’s foreskin when they are being bathed. They will also argue that retraction of the foreskin will occur naturally as they grow and mature.
Those who believe circumcision should be performed argue that it is far less traumatic for a child to be circumcised and it will prevent trauma later in life if the need for the operation occurs.
Although the health benefits of circumcision are unproven it is something that parents take into consideration before making their decision. It may be a simple procedure but it is a very big decision that needs to be made with all the facts available to you.
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