Childhood Diseases

Posted by: NLM | 2012-11-22



Good day Doc, my son is now 5yrs, what is the right age to get him circumcised and in which season? Thank you

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You will get lots of advice about your question. It is best to discuss this matter with your doctor.

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Posted by: Wanda | 2012-11-23

What a caring parent you are wanting to do what is best for your son''s lifelong health. My son was circumcised at 4 because of issues. I wanted it done as an infant, but circumstances at the time prevented that. He came through with very little discomfort. A urologist did the operation and suggested it was best that if it be done, the sooner the better. Great results. Kid is now 12 and really likes his penis the way it looks and that he can pee nice and straight too.

Dont wait unless you have to. As stated above, there is way more supporting the health benefits. Good luck with your son. He will probably thank you someday the way my son thanked me when he was old enough to understand why we opted to have it done.

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Posted by: Kari | 2012-11-23

NLM, we have a stalker here. WJA, himself circumcised, trolls this website to claim you have no right to parent the way you want to related to circumcision. He has a foreskin fetish and this is his way of satisfying it. Just ignore him!!

If you plan on having your son circumcised, the sooner the better. Healing time is much quicker and overall less painful than when older. Aesthetically, much better and the cost is also less than as an adult. The evidence is definitely in support of circumcision as pointed out by Purple. My son has thanked me for having him circumcised as an infant, because of what his best friend at 16 had to go through who was not circumcised. Circumcision was the only option for this boy and very painful for him. Do what you already know is best for your son. Have him circumcised soon. He and his future partner will both benefit from it. Science and medical facts support the benefits of circumcision.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012-11-23

The current recommendation (in America by the AAP at least) is that there are benefits to curcumcision and benefits to not curcumcising. There are not enough benefits to justify routine curcumcision of all new borns when weighed against the risks (all medicines and medical procedures are done on according to risk benefit analysis), so the advice given is that it is a matter of choice.

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Posted by: Leila | 2012-11-22

It is your responsibility as a parent to take up this decision and honour your son''s health by having him circumsized. Ideally it should be done during the first month where healing is rapid, but please consult your doctor who will advise you more on circumsizing your son now. The benefits of circumsision are enormous and no doubt in the best interest of your son.

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Posted by: WJA | 2012-11-22

Hi there,
The right age to have this done is when he requests this of you once he has made the decision to do so or not.
It is after all his body - therefore his decision to make once he reaches adulthood.

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