Childhood Diseases

Posted by: liz | 2009-02-07


general anaesthetic vs local

My baby has been co-incidentally unwell every time we have wanted to have his circumcision done. Now he is 9 months old. I have heard of babies having local anaesthetic for this and I would prefer it. Our doctor suggests general anaesthetic. i am very afraid of this. What is your opinion?

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It is best to use a general anaesthetic.The anaesthetic will be very light and your baby will recover rapidly.

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Posted by: Anon | 2009-03-28

Liz, get your son circumcised. General is best and he will be under for about 10-15 minutes. The NOCIRC intactivists do not want you to have your son circumcised and will give you all the BS in the world telling you how great it is to have a smelly, smegma laden foreskin all your life. Since you want it done, get it done for his sake. Even WJA here admits that STDs are reduced with circumcision. Please note all the excuses posted above. Not one of these two foreskin fetish intactivists even mention the benefits of circumcision, let alone the aesthetic reasons and a vastly improved sex life someday. Don' t wait, get it done for your son' s sake. Don' t worry about all their excuses, your son will will reap the benefits as will his future wife. Good luck to you!

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Posted by: WJA | 2009-02-09

The South African Medical Association has issued a positioning statement to its members indicating that circumcision, in the absence of a medical condition, is not recommended. Has your doctor advised you of the risks and complications associated with this procedure?

At best, circumcision offers a 1% reduction in the in the incidence of UTI’ s. At 9 months, you son is already out of the woods as his chances of contracting a UTI diminish significantly at this stage.

As for STD’ s, circ is only mildly preventative and cannot be prevented without the use of a condom.

To reduce the chance of penile cancer, 80,000 circ’ s need to be performed to prevent a single diagnosis.

Also consider that your son will be in the vast minority as the circ rate in SA is below 10% (and dropping). He may be teased, feel inadequate, and resent this. Just because his father is circed (I am assuming), does not mean that the son needs to be.

Please consider this very carefully –  is this what you want –  or what your son wants?

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Posted by: NOCIRC-SA | 2009-02-09

Your concerns regarding exposing your son to anesthetic for this procedure are well founded. Not only do both carry risks, circumcision itself also carries risk for your son.

Please consider the reasons for this medically unnecessary procedure. The perceived heath benefits offered by this procedure are minimal at best.

Yous sons foreskin is a normal and natural, functional part of his anatomy. His circumcision may cause more harm than good.

Have you also considered your son' s wishes in this - he may not be happy with this decision being made for him.

Find out more on this at NOCIRC-SA.

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