Infant male circumcision: Is circumcision safe and healthy for infants?

  • Yes, it is

    The infant needs lots of supervision after the procedure, but it typically occurs when the infant is only several days old, they're not getting that anyway? Circumcision is beneficial down the road, it makes keeping genitalia clean far easier and it also provides more sensation during intercourse, both of which are obvious positives.

  • Many Done Every Year

    I believe that circumcision is safe and healthy for infants. It is the best time to have the procedure done because the child will not remember the pain associated with the procedure. Furthermore, if it is done later in life, it is far more painful. I believe the hygienic benefits and the reduction in infections is a great help.

  • Yes it is safe and healthy.

    Yes infant male circumcisions are safe and healthy for infants, especially as it has been done for thousands of years. It keeps extra bacteria and germs from forming on the organ and keeps the child healthier. Considering it is an age old tradition done before modern medicine it is definitely safe to be done.

  • Yes, it is brief.

    Yes, male circumcision is safe and healthy for infants, because there are not large amounts of complications. It is a procedure that is performed each day in the United States, thousands of times. The vast majority of the time it is without incident. It can even provide health benefits. It is a fine procedure for those who want it.

  • It may be safer

    I have not really given infant male circumcision a whole lot of thought; however, when I think about it, I do believe it is a safe and healthy procedure. In fact, I think it may be the very best time to do it when they are infant, as it has not hit its growth spurt yet.

  • No way! It is a cruel way to introduce a child to this world!

    Please discuss the prevalence of meatal stenosis, skin bridges, skin tags, and MRSA which resists treatment. Complications include death from circumcision!

    Promotion of infant male circumcision is a violation of the child's rights to body ownership. Responsible parents avoid scare tactic surgery such as circumcision.

    The care of the foreskin is easier an involves less work!

  • Painful, risky, unnecessary

    It is undeniable that there is pain. However, the use of pain medication adds extra risks -including a suspected correlation but not proven causal link between paracetamol and other analgesia, with autism, given a 6 fold increase in autism after 1996-1996, when awareness of circumcision pain led to more use of analgesia and anesthesia.

    It is risky and some of the risks are rare but extremely severe, such as total damage to the penis (amputation, nerve damage, etc) or death (exsanguination, sepsis, infection, reaction to anesthesia, cardiac arrest).

    It is unnecessary. Babies in countries where infant circumcision is not done are as healthy or more than American babies.

  • The NATURAL penis is safe and healthy for infants; why change what nature has perfected?

    Routine Infant Circumcision is barbaric and unnecessary.

    The male foreskin contains over 20,000 specialized nerve-endings; in contrast, the female clitoris contains only 8,000! Why would any man not want to have that; why would any parent want to deprive their son of a full and natural sex life?

    In Europe, where baby boys are not routinely mutilated at birth, boys and men are not running around with rampant infections. Men are happy to have 100% of the bodies they were born with, to use and enjoy as God/Nature intended. The foreskin serves many protective and pleasurable (for BOTH partners!) purposes and is MEANT to be there. The rest of the civilized world looks at us Americans, still cutting our boys, with the same horror and disgust with which we look upon cultures who cut their girls.

    "When it comes to holding down perfectly healthy babies and severing flesh from their bodies, how much can you cut away before it becomes morally wrong?”

  • No while there are still deaths.

    Dr. Jorge DeMaria, a pediatric urologist at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, said he and a colleague treat at least 10 patients a month for complications or unsatisfactory results. Dr. Martin Koyle, head of urology at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, said the hospital sees two to three “significant complications” every week. He recently treated a child who couldn’t urinate because his penis became trapped under the scrotum post-surgery. And that my friends is just a small little area of the word, there are 117 deaths in the US yearly and thousands of cases of complications in the US every year as well, they just aren't talked about so people don't know the truth.

  • Say no to circumcision

    Surgically removing part of a baby boy's penis causes pain, creates immediate health risks and can lead to serious complications. Risks include infection, hemorrhage, scarring, difficulty urinating, loss of part or all of the penis, and even death. Circumcision complications can and do occur in even the best clinical settings.

  • Circumcision is Pointless

    Aside from some very minor health benefits, infant circumcision is relatively needless and unnecessary. In the United States, we rely upon circumcision as a norm, but it's by no means a necessity. WIth that in mind, we don't need to circumcise our infants, and there's very little reason to do so.

  • More than 100 baby boys die

    Baby boys can and do succumb as a result of having their foreskin removed. Circumcision-related mortality rates are not known with certainty; my study estimates the scale of this problem. Approximately 117 neonatal circumcision-related deaths (9.01/100,000) occur annually in the United States. Because infant circumcision is elective, all of these deaths are avoidable.

    THYMOS: Journal of Boyhood Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1, Spring 2010, 78-90.

  • No, It Is Unecessary

    No, circumcision is not safe or healthy for infants. While very rare, complications could arise from neonatal circumcision, such as accidental castration. Circumcision is promoted as a healthier and cleaner alternative to foreskin, however with proper hygiene, infants are at no greater risk for infection uncircumcised than they are circumcised. It is an important decision that must be made carefully.

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