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Is routine infant circumcision recommended?

Is routine infant circumcision recommended?

The Circumcision Decision After reviewing multiple studies on circumcision, the AAP reports that “the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks.” But at the current time, the scientific evidence is not strong enough for the AAP to recommend routine circumcision of all newborn boys.

Is there a valid reason for routine infant male circumcision?

Medical reasons for circumcision no risk of infants and children getting infections under the foreskin. easier genital hygiene. much lower risk of getting cancer of the penis (although this is a very rare condition and good genital hygiene also seems to reduce the risk.

What is routine infant circumcision?

Routine infant circumcision (RIC), which is the nonreligious elective removal of the prepuce of the penis in the days following birth, is the most common surgery performed in the United States (Wang, Macklin, Tracy, Nadel, & Catlin, 2010).

Do most pediatricians recommend circumcision?

A revised AAP policy statement does not recommend routine circumcision for newborn males, but it does say current evidence indicates the health benefits of the procedure outweigh the risks.

Do babies feel pain during circumcision?

If the circumcision is performed under general anesthesia, he will not experience any pain during the procedure. Once the procedure is completed the child will not have pain with urination since the urethra (urinary tube from the bladder through the penis) is left untouched during circumcision.

What age is best for circumcision?

Most religious traditions recommend an early circumcision. From our experience, we have seen the Plastibell method work best when a child is circumcised between the ages of one and three months old. This is the age that has been most comfortable for mother and child both during the operation and in the recovery period.

Does a circumcision hurt a baby?

Circumcision is usually performed before your baby goes home from the hospital. Like all surgery, circumcision is painful. To relieve pain, anesthetic is given to numb the area. About one hour before the procedure, a numbing cream is placed on your baby’s penis.

Do pediatricians recommend circumcision?

Is a circumcision painful for babies?

Circumcision can be done at any age. Traditionally, the most common time to do it is soon after your baby is born, or within the first month of life. Because the process is painful, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area and the surgery is performed while the baby is still awake.

Is it cruel to circumcise a baby?

Although opponents argue that infant circumcision can cause both physical and psychological harm, recent strong evidence shows that circumcision is medically beneficial. If competently performed, it carries little risk.

How do I comfort my baby after circumcision?

To avoid distressing your baby, hold him gently and avoid placing pressure on the penis. Always loosely fasten your baby’s diaper until the wound is healed. Nursing the baby often, holding him, and sleeping with him can comfort your baby if he is in pain.

Do babies cry a lot after circumcision?

It’s normal for the newborn to cry, especially in the first 24 hours after the procedure. This is a big day for him. Some babies might have a change in feeding and/or sleeping patterns, while others may just be overall fussier. This is OK.

Why was infant circumcision so popular in America?

Infant circumcision proved to be the perfect solution. By 1920, neonatal circumcision performed by doctors in hospitals was standard procedure in America (105). “The ultimate popularity of circumcision depended not on convincing normal men to undergo the ordeal of surgery, but on targeting a group of patients who could not object.”

Is the Circumcision of a baby rare in the UK?

After the debunking of the various medical theories regarding circumcision, Britain experienced a sharp decline in cutting rates, down to nearly 0% today. Canada, New Zealand, and Australia all went through a period of routine infant circumcision, but now in those countries circumcision is rare.

Why was circumcision done without an anesthetic?

Circumcision was usually without anesthetic, so boys would remember the pain as a lesson. Girls caught masturbating would sometimes have an acidic substance rubbed on them, causing painful blistering. Clearly, medical ethics was in its infancy. But it is quite a leap from these practices to routine circumcision for infants.

How often does circumcision prevent an urinary tract infection?

But UTIs affect fewer than 1% of uncircumcised infants and are easily treatable with antibiotics. For every six urinary-tract infections prevented through circumcision, at least one infant is likely to suffer a complication from surgery, such as hemorrhage.