Circumcision is a surgical procedure that we perform at our three Tots N Teens Pediatrics locations. This procedure involves removing the skin that covers the end of the penis, referred to as the foreskin. Whether or not you get your child circumcised is entirely up to you and your beliefs. In many cultures, circumcision is considered a ceremonial tradition, whereas others believe it is not necessary. In the United States, circumcision is elective. Circumcision is most common within Jewish and Islamic faiths.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, approximately 64 percent of all newborn boys in the United States undergo circumcision. However, these numbers range depending on the part of the country you live in, as well as a host of other factors.


What is Circumcision?

At Tots N Teens Pediatrics, we believe in empowering our patients by providing them with the information necessary to make the best decision for their family. If you are considering circumcision but are unsure about the pros and cons, please do not hesitate to contact us. While many parents elect to have their child circumcised as a newborn, this is not always the case. If you decide down the road that you would like to have your young child circumcised, please contact Tots N Teens Pediatrics. This procedure is not medically necessary, but there are numerous religious, social, and cultural reasons why you may choose to have your son circumcised.
We perform circumcision under local anesthesia. Most of insurance carries covers this procedure during the first month of life but not after.

Why Do Parents Choose to Circumcise Their Sons?

As mentioned, there are a host of reasons why parents may elect to have their son circumcised. Some of the most common reasons include:
  • For religious reasons
  • Some choose to have their sons circumcised because other men in the family are circumcised
  • Some choose to have their sons circumcised because they believe it will make the penis easier to clean
  • In some cases, circumcision may lower a male’s chance of getting urinary tract infections (UTIs)
While it is true that circumcised infants are not as likely to develop UTIs, less than 1 percent of uncircumcised men have to deal with a UTI during their lifetime. It should also be noted that circumcision can be performed at any age, although the procedure is most commonly done within the first month of the child’s life.

Circumcision Recovery Information

Both newborns and infants recover from circumcision extremely quickly, within 12 to 24 hours. Young boys usually recover in one to two days, and older children and young adults may take three to four days to recover. Some bruising and mild swelling is common after circumcision, but this should go away within several weeks.

Again, circumcision is entirely up to the parents. If you would like more information about the advantages and disadvantages to help you make the right decision for your son, please do not hesitate to contact any of our three locations in Mesquite, Plano, or Forney.