Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: justme | 2011/08/30

Q.

Right age to circumsise

My son is almost 6months, and i would like to find out when is the right time to circumsise. i have heard many conflicting stories, with some saying its better when they are still babies, and some saying its better when the penis has a time to develop around 12 to 14 years. thanks doc

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

As I am sure you know already, there is always controversy about circumcision.If you have decided to have this proceedure done the best time is 3 to 4 days after birth. If this time is missed it should not be done under the age of 5 years.Some doctors now advise that the operation should not be done until the child id old enough to consent to the operation himself.

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Posted by: CK | 2011/09/05

Have it done as soon as possible for the best results and the least issues for your son. The closer to newborn, the better overall. Cost is also cheaper and your son wont remember anything.

Reply to CK
Posted by: justme | 2011/08/31

Im circumsising my son...im not debating it with anyone. i only wanted to know what the right age is from the doc and those that have had experience with that.

Reply to justme
Posted by: Kari | 2011/08/31

WJA, WHY ARE YOU HERE ON THIS PAGE PREACHING YOUR INTACTIVTST VIEWS???? Why dont you tell every parent here that you are circumcised (as an infant) and that you want to sue your parents and the doctor and have more than one nut loose?? You are probably the ONLY person on this earth that is so thankless about being circumcised. You have no experiences with a foreskin and want to tell everyone that they need one. How about you preach something you know about first hand?? When you learn about real life issues with foreskins, you may just realize how lucky you are not having one on the end of your penis. YOU DONT EVEN HAVE CHILDREN SO WHY ARE YOU TROLLING THIS WEBSITE FOR PARENTS??? YOU ARE ONE SICK BASTARD!!!!!!!

Justme, DO NOT believe a word this sick man has to say. He has been known to troll here just so that he can ensure he is pushing foreskins at any cost on every parent contrary to all medical and scientific evidence and basic parent common sense that prevails that circumcision is way more beneficial than not being circumcised. This man has a real hangup with foreskins. Check out all the history under Circumcision Discussion web page with his name on it. It pulls information from foreskin only websites and states that it is factual, and yet every challenge presented to him, he has never responded with any medical facts, only what he finds on intactivist websites.


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Posted by: Colleen | 2011/08/31

Justme, have it done now if you are going to do it. My oldest son was circumcised right after birth without any issues. My second son was done at 6 months due to my not been able to find a pediatrician to do it at birth as we were in a real small town at the time. When I got him to Pretoria, the pediatrician that I saw there was able to do it and did a great job. His comment was that if we waited much longer, there would be longer healing times with possibly a more predominant scar between the inner and outer foreskin. My son to this day thanks me for having it done before he could remember it. Go for it and just get it done now.

Reply to Colleen
Posted by: Anon | 2011/08/31

Justme, Since you want your son circumcised, younger is better for many reasons. Healing time is very short for your son now at 6 months as compared to 5 year or even 18 years as WJA here suggests. It will also look much better compared to a circumcision later in life. At 6 months they can get away with possibly 3 maybe 4 stitches. As an adult I had 17 stitches. Cost will be much cheaper now as well. As an adult, the cost is very expensive.

In the US, where most boys are circumcised as infants, they normally do it within the first 24 hours of life and it is healed in 7-10 days, even before the umbilical cord falls off. The results are great with no side effects. At 6 months, you will get close to the same results. Care will be minimal and healed within a week or two as well. Most pediatricians recommend it be done as an infant if you plan on having it done.

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Posted by: Anon | 2011/08/31

Justme, Since you want your son circumcised, younger is better for many reasons. Healing time is very short for your son now at 6 months as compared to 5 year or even 18 years as WJA here suggests. It will also look much better compared to a circumcision later in life. At 6 months they can get away with possibly 3 maybe 4 stitches. As an adult I had 17 stitches. Cost will be much cheaper now as well. As an adult, the cost is very expensive.

In the US, where most boys are circumcised as infants, they normally do it within the first 24 hours of life and it is healed in 7-10 days, even before the umbilical cord falls off. The results are great with no side effects. At 6 months, you will get close to the same results. Care will be minimal and healed within a week or two as well. Most pediatricians recommend it be done as an infant if you plan on having it done.

Reply to Anon
Posted by: WJA | 2011/08/30

This should be done when your son reaches 18 and can provide informed consent. It is his body, only he can and should make this body and life changing decision.

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