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Factors to Consider When Deciding on Circumcision for Your Baby

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If you’re having a baby boy, a choice you might find yourself debating is whether or not to circumcise after his birth. The topic of circumcision has many cultural, religious and medical considerations surrounding it, making it a complex and personal decision for each unique family.

For parents that may be having a difficult time choosing the right path for their child, we’re here with our expert, board-certified pediatrician Anita Moorjani, MD, to help you make an informed decision based on what is best for your family.

Should My Baby Be Circumcised?

To better make your decision, first make sure you fully understand how the procedure of circumcision works. Dr. Moorjani explains, “Newborn circumcision is a procedure where a doctor surgically removes the skin covering the tip of a baby boy’s penis, which is called the foreskin.”

Based on preferences such as religion, culture or convenience, you can choose to have your little one’s circumcision done in a number of settings. If offered, your pediatrician’s office is a convenient, safe option.

As you go through the process of making your decision, you can call your pediatrician and ask if they circumcise in the office.

Timing and Considerations

Dr. Moorjani says, “Circumcision is usually done within the first few days after the baby is born. It’s best to have the procedure done within your baby’s first two weeks of life for better pain control.”

She continues, “The smaller the baby, the less worry there is about bleeding, so the sooner the better.”

Benefits and Risks of Circumcision

Circumcision offers several benefits. It may make cleaning the baby’s penis easier and reduce the risk of certain infections later in life.

Newborn circumcision is a low-risk procedure. But every surgical procedure has some element of risk, like bleeding, infection and injury to the baby’s penis or urethra.

Every parent is encouraged to talk to their pediatrician about circumcision options, benefits, risks and any questions or concerns you may have — so you know you’re making the right choice for your baby.

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