Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin at the end of the penis. Some parents choose to have their sons circumcised because of religious, cultural or social reasons. The decision is up to you.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend circumcision to be routinely done for all newborn boys. However, the AAP states that the preventive health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks of the procedure.
If you choose to circumcise, check with your insurance provider about coverage and copays. Talk with your baby's health care provider about surgery options. You will have to sign a consent form for the surgery.
A circumcision is painful. Your doctors will use a local anesthetic at the time of the surgery to decrease the pain. This is safe and reduces both pain and stress.
Your doctor may also choose to give acetaminophen at the time of the circumcision to help with pain control. Infants can be extra tired after the procedure and may not feed as well or as often for up to 24 hours after the procedure.
Learn more information about how to take care of a circumcised penis.