You, and your husband are now the proud parents of a beautiful baby boy. Congraulations!  You will be ask whether or not you want your baby circumcised.

Circumcision is a surgical procedure to remove the foreskin, the loose fold of skin that covers the head of the penis.  The procedure is frequently performed for social or religious reasons on newborn boys in the United States, and usually by an obstetrician or a pediatrician a day or two after birth.

I wanted to write this article because there are a lot of new young parents out there that do not know whether or not to have this procedure done on their child.  After much research, I wanted to write this article so that you could be proud of the decisions you may make regarding your child.  We love our children and want the very best for them in life.  So, on we go with the article today.

Circumcision is a generally safe procedure when performed by an experienced person under sterile conditions.  Possible complications, such as bleeding and infection, are rare.  However, only healthy infants should be circumcised shortly after birth, to avoid possible problems with blood clotting.  In no way am I giving you medical advice.  Always ask your doctors any questions regarding your child, as they know best.  My articles are based on many months of research, and are true according to all documented information, and for those I have spoken to on the subject.

Circumcision is painful.  For this reason, if you decide to have your infant son circumcised, ask the doctor to use a local anesthetic to help prevent pain.  Circumcision performed on older boys or men requires general anesthesia.  Healing can take up to 10 days.

One advantage of circumcision is a decrease in the number of urinary tract infections during childhood.  A circumcised male also may have a decreased risk of cancer of the penis later in life.  However, I read where the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend routine newborn circumcisions.

Before making a decision to have your son circumcised, discuss the benefits and risks of circumcision with your pediatrician.

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