Whilst some parents choose to circumcise their infant son for religious or cultural reasons, for some parents, making the decision is difficult. As with any surgery, parents may be worried about whether the benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks involved in the procedure. Another common reason for indecision is because parents, particularly fathers, are concerned about the appearance of their son’s penis in comparison to other males. When making such an important decision, it’s crucial that parents are educated about circumcision and feel comfortable discussing their concerns or questions with a doctor.
Health benefits of circumcision
If you are considering circumcision for your child, it’s important to read up on the related health benefits:
- Smaller risk of UTIs – whilst urinary tract infections are quite uncommon in males, the greatest risk is in infants of less than a year old. Studies have found that circumcised infant males are at a lower risk of UTIs when compared with uncircumcised babies.
- Hygiene – It can be argued that it is much easier for circumcised males to maintain proper hygiene. Uncircumcised males must regularly clean the space between the foreskin and head of the penis (glans), making it more difficult.
- Protection against infections – studies suggest that circumcision can help to decrease the risks of viruses such as HIV, HPV and Herpes simplex virus type 2, as well as protecting against other problems such as trichomonas and chancroid infections.
- Penile cancer – whilst penile cancer is rare, due to the difficulties that can be involved with keeping good hygiene, uncircumcised men face an increased risk for developing the disease.
The associated risks of the infant circumcision procedure
As is the case with any surgical procedure, no matter how simple, there are some risks involved with carrying out circumcision on an infant boy, however, complications during the procedure and within the first month post-surgery are extremely low. Some bleeding is common during the procedure, however, this is usually only very minor and can be controlled by a doctor, providing local pressure.
As with any surgery, there is a risk of infection following infant circumcision, however, parents can help to prevent this by ensuring that the penis is kept clean as it heals. Your doctor can provide advice on the best aftercare practices to help prevent infection.
Where to find guidance on circumcision
If you are a parent and have chosen to have your baby circumcised, or are in the process of making the decision, it is always wise to consult your doctor with any questions that you may have. At Birmingham Circumcision Clinic, operating from The Laurie Pike Health Centre in Aston, we carry out circumcisions for religious, cultural and hygienic reasons and we encourage parents to contact our team at any time with any questions or queries.
Call today on 0121 250 0386 to talk to our specialist team.