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Should it be ok to bleach babies?

If it's ok to cut off a piece of skin for purely cosmetic reasons, and it should be the parent's say, not the baby's, should it also be ok to bleach babies to get rid of the red splotchiness they often have at first? Maybe get their ears tucked in if they stick out too far? Where's the line between what cosmetic procedures are ok and which should be left up to the child when they grow to adulthood (or at least until they grow old enough to ask)?

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NotPanicking

Asked by NotPanicking at 3:41 PM on Nov. 13, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • What, are these people serious?
    chellebelle7486

    Answer by chellebelle7486 at 3:43 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • I think problems that could become issues later in life and are in the best interest of the child--and are those things that will NOT correct themselves on their own, should be up to the parents to decide.

    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 3:43 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • apples to oranges IMO. People hold religious beliefs for circumcision and others believe it's healthier or whatever. If you're against it then don't do it. I agree with you that female circumcision is mutilation. However, the reasons for female circumcision are also different than male.
    kittieashy

    Answer by kittieashy at 3:48 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • to answer the OP before I forget...No, it's not ok. However, it's not really the same thing. There is ZERO evidence that bleaching a baby has any health benefits, whereas there is evidence that circumcision has health benefits.

    Secondly, the person above me that's spouting off about idiocy evidently can't add one plus one.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 3:51 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • NP- in this country minor children have rights through their parents. Unfortunately for some kids, the parents that they are gifted may not be the sharpest tools in the shed-just another one of those situations where life isn't always fair. Until age 18 (or emancipation) kids are represented by those parents-

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 3:52 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

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    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:57 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • Yep- that down vote was me...
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 3:58 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • Okay...so I see you want to say that circumcision is purely comsmetic? Uh huh. Well, that is a load of bull. It is not a cosmetic improvement ( I don't think circumcision makes it look more attractive at all ) it is a medically approved , hygienic, helpful procedure when done by a Doctor after a baby is born. HAving the procedure as a teen or adult---that is something else. . Ask any man ...are they happy they are uncircumcised or happy that they are? THey are the ones who have the penis, YOU are a woman. Mind your own business.
    kerp1960

    Answer by kerp1960 at 4:02 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • People hold religious beliefs for circumcision and others believe it's healthier or whatever. If you're against it then don't do it. I agree with you that female circumcision is mutilation. However, the reasons for female circumcision are also different than male.

    Not really - the "benefits" of male circumcision are 99% wives tales and 1% faulty statistics. Not to mention, the main argument against it - hygiene/infection is a parenting issue - teach your child to bathe and it's not a problem. It's also an issue that can affect girls as easily as boys, but again, we do NOT support the removal of the clitoral hood or labia just because there's a chance a girl might get a yeast infection or other rash if she wipes back to front or doesn't wipe at all. It's a piece of skin with 4000 nerve endings that evolved there over millions of years (or if you absolutely must - some god put it there), why lop off that one body part?
    NotPanicking

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 4:06 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • Lindalu, have you ever bothered asking a doctor if it's "medically approved?"  I'm guessing not, considering it's not recommended:


    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says the benefits of circumcision are not significant enough to recommend circumcision as a routine procedure and that circumcision is not medically necessary.


    http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/men/reproductive/042.html

    NotPanicking

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 4:09 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

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