When is the best time to perform a baby circumcision?
Baby circumcision is certainly not something you think about every day. Not unless you are about to welcome a new baby boy into the family. Or perhaps you are just wondering whether getting circumcised as an adult is the right step for you. The decision to have your son or yourself circumcised can be a difficult one, and it often involves a number of considerations. Reasons can range from cultural and religious to personal preferences. Let’s take a deeper look at what circumcision entails.
Boys are typically born with a covering over the head of the penis called the foreskin. During circumcision, the doctor will surgically remove it to expose the glans. You can have the procedure performed either at a doctor’s office or a Jewish facility. At Easy Circumcision, we perform holistic circumcision, which basically means we abide by the Jewish tradition. For infants, the procedure is quite simple and typically takes about 15 to 30 seconds. We do not use any circumstraint. Rather, the parent or guardian will hold the baby during the procedure This makes the entire experience more personal compared to if you were to have it at a hospital.
When is the best time to get circumcised?
Essentially, circumcision can be done at any age. However, most physicians will agree that infant circumcision is better, particularly on the 8th day after the baby is born. In fact, circumcision at the age of 8 has been held as the ideal time for circumcision in numerous religious and cultural traditions.
That’s not to say you can’t get circumcised as an adult. But there are benefits to having the procedure earlier. For one, the infant circumcision procedure is usually simple, and two, the healing timeline is much quicker. These are not the only reasons, though. Having your child circumcised on the 8th day or as an infant, for that matter, is likely to result in better cosmetic outcomes. The infant circumcision procedure is also less painful, and your baby will move less during the procedure. They will also have no recollection of the operation. Hence you don’t have to wonder whether the procedure will be traumatic for them.
In some cases, we might recommend delaying the procedure. Such cases include if your baby is premature or is medically unstable. Circumcision might also not be a viable option if your baby was born with physical abnormalities on the penis that demands surgical correction.
The bottom line is if you are wondering, “should I circumcise my baby boy?” That’s entirely up to you. If you wish to circumcise your son, Easy Circumcision is here to help. Rabbi Mike has been performing over 8000 baby circumcisions and has performed both infant and adult circumcisions. Get in touch with us today.