- Circumcision is the surgical removal of the skin around the penis, known as the foreskin.
It is typically performed in the first days of life.
- Circumcision is not medically necessary; it is a personal decision.
- When choosing not to circumcise, there may be future issues related to the foreskin, but they are rare.
- It is essential to teach proper hygiene to uncircumcised men, to avoid infections.
The arrival of a new member to the family is an exciting and joyful moment. Along with it, come many important decisions related to the care and well-being of your baby. One of the decisions that some parents may face is whether to circumcise their baby boys.
What is circumcision?
Circumcision is a procedure that has been practiced for thousands of years in various cultures and religions. In some cases, it is deeply rooted in religious beliefs or family traditions, while for others, it is a choice based on medical or hygiene considerations. It involves surgically cutting the skin, called the foreskin, around the male penis.
When should it be done?
Circumcision should be performed in the first days of life, as it is easier for doctors and the healing process is less painful. It can be done in a sterile environment, either in an operating room or a doctor’s office. The procedure is carried out with local anesthesia and usually takes 5 to 7 minutes. Afterward, you will be given care instructions, including special antibiotic gels or ointments and glycerin. A ring is left, which will fall off on its own in the following days.
If the procedure is not done during the first week of life, performing it later in life can be more complicated, as it requires anesthesia, and the healing process is much more painful and uncomfortable.
Are there complications?
Complications from circumcision are very rare, but as with any surgical process, they can occur. It is best to have a pediatric surgeon or pediatric urologist perform the procedure, as they can address any complications quickly and effectively.
Is it necessary?
It is essential to mention that circumcision is not medically necessary, nor strictly required. It is a decision made for personal preference, religious reasons, or parents’ choice.
Some medical professionals argue that the foreskin provides protection to the penis, and potential issues related to the foreskin are rare.
What happens if I choose not to circumcise my son?
When deciding not to circumcise, there may be future issues related to the foreskin, but they are very uncommon. Problems that may arise include phimosis or paraphimosis, where the penis gland becomes trapped in the foreskin. This requires immediate medical attention, resulting in an emergency visit to a hospital. However, this condition is not very common and can be easily detected before it becomes a risk.
For uncircumcised men, it is crucial to teach proper hygiene, as incorrect hygiene practices can lead to infections and unpleasant odors. It is essential to clean the area thoroughly in infancy, and then teach them how to do it themselves as they grow.
Remember to discuss this procedure with your pediatrician to make an informed decision. Circumcision is advisable in advance, as there are certain reasons not to perform it, such as when there is a urethral malformation, or if there are diseases such as hemophilia. Medical professionals can provide detailed information about the procedure and the potential risks and benefits in your specific situation.
Always keep in mind that the decision to circumcise your son is a personal and unique matter for each family. There is no one-size-fits-all answer; the most important thing is to make an informed decision and consider your beliefs, values, and needs.