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?
Why Do Parents Choose to Circumcise Their Sons?
- 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)
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.