Deciding whether or not to have your baby boy circumcised is a very personal choice. You may want to rely on the benefits or risks of the procedure to make your decision. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics states that it is not that easy. The AAP performed a thorough review of all literature and studies on circumcision in 2012 and concluded by stating that although the benefits still seemed greater than the risks, they could not unequivocally recommend circumcision for all babies. Instead, this procedure continues to rest more on parents’ personal, cultural and religious beliefs.
Our pediatricians knows that you probably have many questions about circumcision as you seek to make the right decision for your baby. At an appointment, we can help you understand more about this procedure and can answer a variety of questions for you, such as the following:
- Will circumcision benefit my baby?
- How old should a baby be for circumcision?
- Is this procedure safe?
- Will there be a medication to reduce pain during circumcision?
- Do I have to have my son circumcised?
- Can I be present during the circumcision, or can I wait in a different room?
- How do I care for my baby after circumcision?
- Can my older baby or toddler be circumcised?
Our pediatricians can help you understand the answers to each of these questions and will help you recognize that this is a very personal decision into which no one is going to force you. You can be present for the procedure, can wait in another room or can even choose to forego circumcision altogether. In many cases, you can even have your toddler son circumcised if you decide to wait.
Kid’s 1st Pediatrics has performed numerous circumcisions and can help you feel comfortable with your choice if you decide to go ahead with this procedure for your male baby. She can work with parents from Victorville and the surrounding areas, including Apple Valley, Barstow, Hesperia and more.