“Attitudes toward circumcision shifting
By Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star Updated 21h 33m ago
It was one of the easiest decisions that Greg and Megan Floyd made during her recent pregnancy. Both agreed that they wanted to have their newborn son circumcised.
Greg, a first-time father, knew that studies have shown circumcision reduces the risk of cancer and some sexually transmitted diseases. And he didn’t want his son to look different from him.
A few days after Cole Enzo Floyd was born on July 9, the doctor removed the skin covering the tip of the penis, known as the foreskin.
“It would be tough to explain to your son why you’re different,” Greg said.”
First, give me a break!!! Well son, my parents cut me so we cut you so we’d be the same although we will probably never have a penis comparing contest….
Also the foreskin is not the skin covering the tip of the penis. The foreskin is a part of the penis. It is the tip of the penis. The glans of the penis is supposed to be an internal organ. The foreskin is the external covering of the internal part. It is not extra. It belongs there.
“I think we’re seeing a recent change just because people are thinking twice about medical procedures that they may not have in the past,” Hill said. “There is more discussion in the lay press about the positives, negatives, so I think that discussion invites a little more thoughtful decision-making.”
Thank God, people are starting to think and question!!!
“In 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a statement laying out the pros and cons of the procedure.
Pros: A slightly lower risk of penile cancer, a rare disease; a slightly lower risk of urinary tract infections in the first year of life; easier genital hygiene; and a decreased risk of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.
Cons: Risks, which are rare and minor but include bleeding and infection; belief that the foreskin protects the penis; and belief that removing the foreskin decreases sexual pleasure.
Most telling, though, for many was the academy’s lack of a stance either way.
“When a family asks me, I say it’s purely up to you. If there was stronger evidence to recommend it, I would,” said Hill, whose own sons are circumcised. “When someone asks me, I say it is a decision that you should make as a family.”
Dr. Richard Gates agrees: “It’s probably safe to say that the science is relatively thin on any true medical benefit.””
So really then there are no pros, only cons…..
“Not every parent endorses the procedure. When Christie Kild’s first son was born seven years ago, she thought about not doing it, but her husband persuaded her. The boy took about a week to recover, screaming at every diaper change.
“Huge mommy guilt,” Kild wrote in an email.
Still, when her second son was born 20 months later, she consented to another circumcision, figuring the two boys should look alike. He wound up having complications that lasted until he was 5. Online, she started seeing reports of boys having to repeat the procedure.
So Kild and her husband agreed not to circumcise their younger two sons, ages 3 and 2 and one-half months.
“Circumcising the first two is, thus far, the only parenting decision that I regret,” she said. “I believe that circumcision is a human-rights issue. … If they want it done as adults, that is their decision.”
So for those who say this is a short and harmless procedure… What do you say now?….
Complications are only “rare” when they happen to someone else…. What if it’s your son?
“Gates said he and his colleagues have a multipronged pain-management procedure. Before the procedure, the child is given a sucrose pacifier and then a local anesthetic to numb the area around the foreskin, and Tylenol afterward.”
And last but not least:
Oh yes, sugar water before a painful injection in penis… Actually several painful injections….
Um and Tylenol for aftercare? Tylenol? Tylenol??!!! Really??!!
Tylenol is the crappiest pain relief ever when it comes to wounds and inflammation of a surgical site……
Heck at least my hubby when he had a surgery got Tylenol with codeine.
Um, and wasn’t there a recent article that Tylenol may not in fact be safe for infants???
People, please listen! It is not your body. It is your son’s body. Yes you are his care taker and decision maker. Yes, you are in charge. In charge of protecting your sons from harm.
Circumcision is one of the most socially and culturally endorsed purposefully inflicted Injuries we allow to be done to our infant sons here in America.
Stop the madness. Protect your sons.