Infant circumcision has been a taboo topic, with people having split opinions on the procedure. While the practice is up to each family, most choose to circumcise their baby boys due to religious beliefs or cultural norms.
In this article, we’ll talk about things that you should know about the procedure.
There are health benefits of circumcising baby boys.
These include lower risks of acquiring HIV, genital herpes, human papilloma virus, and syphilis. Those who are circumcised will also have a lower chance of having penile cancer over a lifetime; reduce the risk of cervical cancer in sexual partners; and lowers the risk of urinary tract infection in the first year of life.
However, the benefits are not enough to recommend routine circumcision, says the American Academy of Pediatrics. The decision to circumcise should always lay with the parents, after consultations with the child’s doctor.
When is circumcision not recommended?
There are safe and effective ways to reduce the pain of circumcision, but in some cases, the procedure should never be attempted.
In the off-chance that the baby is born prematurely, has an illness at birth, or has congenital abnormalities or blood problems, he should not be circumcised immediately. If a condition called hypospadias is present, in which the infant’s urinary opening has not been fully formed, circumcision is not recommended.
It should only be performed on stable and healthy babies.
Ultimately, it’s up to the parents.
While doctors recommend the procedure, it should ultimately be up to the parents.
They are entitled to medically accurate and non-biased information about circumcision, and should weight this medical information in the context of their own religious, ethical, and cultural beliefs. It will also be a good idea to learn whether your insurance will cover the procedure during your pregnancy, so that you have time to make the decision.