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Circumcision Choices

August 12th, 2017 | By: Nancy Ripton
Weigh the circumcision choices early in your pregnancy so you'll know where you stand before your baby is born.

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Circumcision Choices

There are so many choices to think about when it comes to deciding whether or not to have your infant son circumcised. Religion, healthcare, pain, and tradition are all at the forefront of parent's thoughts when making this important decision. While experts are still undecided as to whether the benefits or the drawbacks win out, one thing is for sure. You need to look at all the pros and cons of circumsicion choices during your pregnancy because infant circumcisions should be done as soon after birth as possible.

The Best Age for Circumcision

The best age for infant circumcision is between 24 and 72 hours of age. “We don’t recommend circumcision prior to 24 hours of age because the newborn could have an undiagnosed medical issue,” says Dr. Rui Martins, a Toronto-based doctor who regularly performs circumcisions. “In that case, we don’t want to subject him to an elective procedure.” The attending pediatrician or family doctor needs to see your baby prior to any circumcision being performed. Once you’ve been given the okay that your baby is in good health, you should proceed with the circumcision as quickly as possible.

In the first few days after birth, infants tend to bleed less and fuss less during a circumcision. Soon after birth the blood vessels in and around the penis increase in size, and the foreskin changes and starts to grow over the head of the penis. “The longer you wait, the higher the risk your child will require stitches to stop the bleeding,” says Dr. Martins.