Frequently Asked Questions
Circumcision Information for Parents
Circumcision is a procedure, performed within the first couple days of life, in which the skin covering the end of the penis is removed. Circumcision is a procedure that parents choose for cultural, social and religious reasons, but is not necessary for a child's health.
There are some studies that show that there may be some medical benefits to circumcision such as lower risk of urinary tract infection and penile cancer, slightly lower risk of STD's, prevention of foreskin infection, and easier hygiene.
Some of the reasons why parents choose not to have their child circumcised include possible risks associated with the procedure, the belief that the foreskin is necessary to protect the penis, and the belief that circumcision can make the penis less sensitive. There are some risks associated with the procedure, as there are with any invasive procedure, but complications are rare and usually minor. Proper hygiene can lower the risk of infections, cancer and STD's and therefore is important for parents to learn and to teach the child.
Please visit the AAP website for more information and to review frequently asked questions on circumcision