Should my newborn son have a circumcision?
For many years, the medical benefits of circumcisions were scientifically unclear. Many parents have had the procedure done for various reasons including hygiene, religious tradition, or the social standard (what the majority of families in the community do).
Over the past 20 years, there is an increasing amount of evidence that demonstrates real medical benefits of circumcision. In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics which previously had a neutral stance on circumcisions put forth a task force stating that the health benefits outweigh the risks of the procedure but stopped short of recommending the procedure.
Health benefits include prevention of inflammation of the glans and foreskin, fewer infant urinary tract infections, a decrease in the acquiring, harboring and spread of sexually transmitted viruses (HIV, HPV), better hygiene, and no need for circumcision in later life.
When is the circumcision done?
The baby boy’s circumcision can be done anytime after delivery and up to 1 month of age. The baby penis should be of normal size and without defect (micropenis or hypospadias where the opening of the penis is not at the tip).
What method is used?
After using a sterile cleansing solution, and placement of a local anesthetic, a Gomco clamp or a PlastiBell instrument is used.
Will my baby have pain during the circumcision?
Your baby will be given a local anesthetic (similar to one used at the dentist). He may also be given a sugary solution on a pacifier. The procedure is tolerated very well and many babies may just sleep through the procedure.
What post-procedure care do I need to do for the circumcision?
Post circumcision care is very easy. The penis and area around the penis should be dry and clean. Using regular water and diaper wipes will be sufficient.
How much does circumcision cost?
It is covered by most insurance plans. If it is not, the fee of the circumcision is 400.00