I have seen many debates, and heard many things about this topic, but I wonder a couple of things:
1. I have heard from moms out there that had their first boy circ'ed, but then decided to not circ any boys after that. I have never heard of a mom that did not circ their first born and then circ'ed boys after that. Has any one heard of that happening?
2. Why do moms not think it hurts the baby, but they will say, "It will be more painful to have it done as an adult." What makes it more painful? The baby just can't express it's pain, other than to cry, and I hear many of them do cry.
Also wanted to add that on Wikipedia, in the article about circumcision, it states that: "After hospital circumcision, the foreskin may be used in biomedical research, consumer skin-care products, skin grafts, or β-interferon-based drugs." Skin-care products!!!! F'N Gross!!!
Asked by Anonymous at 5:33 PM on Jul. 18, 2009 in General Parenting
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Answer by sarapurser at 5:53 PM on Jul. 18, 2009
Answer by benjamink at 6:21 PM on Jul. 18, 2009
O.K. one word of warning, Wikipedia is not an authoritative source. No one verifies the information posted and anyone can submit an article. Of course it hurts the baby but only a little. I have seen 4 of them done, the pain is more later on, not during the surgery. There is topical numbing ointment applied, and something I never knew, baby is given small amounts of sugar water. This has a calming effect on the baby. In the 4 I have seen the babies didn't even really cry. It was more of a fuss. I think more from being held down than the surgery itself. If properly cared for post surgery baby should only be uncomfortable, not in serious pain. Ice and baby tylinol or motrin will ease this. Having seen them done, and knowing the risk of cancer and other diseases it helps prevent, I would have a son circumcised. I had girls so we didn't face that decision.
Answer by Anonymous at 6:22 PM on Jul. 18, 2009
Answer by michiganmom116 at 7:05 PM on Jul. 18, 2009
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Answer by Anonymous at 7:50 PM on Jul. 18, 2009
Genitally intact boys are actually easier to care for. No cleaning is required as the foreskin is un-retractable in infancy and there is no open wound to watch out for:
NOCIRC video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHVvB1oHAgg
The foreskin has a sexual role and those that are circumcised have worsened sexual function and penis sensitivity:
No medical association recommends infant circumcision. Most boys do not benefit health-wise from circumcision. This page gives a good summary for parents: http://www.circinfo.org/parents.html
That is why rates have fallen in the USA to about 60%: http://www.circumstitions.com/USA.
Answer by Christine_T at 7:57 PM on Jul. 18, 2009