While the topic of circumcision surgery is seen by some people as taboo, this topic is something that is important, and we should not neglect talking about it. Some parents may be fearful to ask questions about this topic due to thinking that they are being disrespectful; however, this is far from the truth. We should be asking questions about circumcision to decide if this is something we want for our baby boys. According to Rabbi Michael Rovinsky from Easy Circumcision, there are three main reason why people decide to circumcise their sons. One of the reasons is for religious purposes. Some parents believe that their religion requires this of the adherents (Should I Circumcise My Baby?). Another reason is that people believe it is healthier for the child to be circumcised (Should I Circumcise My Baby?). The last reason is that people want their sons to look the same as the other males in their family (Should I Circumcise My Baby?).
The circumcision surgery is usually performed within the newborn baby’s first two days of life. For this procedure, the foreskin is removed to expose the head of the penis (Hirsh, 2016). This procedure is quick, lasting around 10 minutes, and causes minimal bleeding with no stitches needed (Hirsh, 2016). For the procedure, the baby is typically awake. To reduce the pain, several safe and effective pain control methods will be given the baby, including a local anesthetic to numb the area of the penis where the incision will be made (Hirsh, 2016). After the procedure, it usually takes 7-10 days for the circumcised penis to heal, which means that parents will need to be cautious when changing the baby’s diapers and bathing (Hirsh, 2016).
Circumcision Pros and Cons
If you are considering getting your baby boy circumcised, there are pros and cons to having this procedure. Starting with the pros, having your baby circumcised will decrease the chances of them developing a urinary tract infection (Hirsh, 2016). This is due to a circumcised penis being easier to clean and bathe. Another pro is that studies have shown that being circumcised decreases the chances of developing cancer of the penis and it lowers the risk of developing HIV or STDs (Hirsh, 2016). Some of the cons associated with circumcision involve the risks that occur during the procedure. For example, even though it is rare, there is a risk of infections after the procedure (Hirsh, 2016). Another risk that is involved is that there could be damage to the penis during the procedure. While doctors take the right precautions to ensure this rarely happens, the head of the penis could be injured during the procedure (Hirsh, 2016).
Overall, there are many benefits to circumcising your baby and it is typically a very safe procedure. As mentioned before, a major benefit of circumcision is that it makes it easier for hygiene in allowing it to be easier to clean (Circumcision (male), 2020). Another benefit is that circumcision helps in the prevention of penile problems. On occasion, the foreskin on the penis can be difficult to retract, causing inflammation of the foreskin and head of the penis (Circumcision (male), 2020). If you are trying to decide whether to circumcise your baby boy or not, you can visit Easy Circumcision’s website at https://easycircumcision.com/ for more information or if you have any questions.
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