RISKS Of Infant Circumcision: A child is at risk for infection and hemorrhage. The loss of the protective foreskin places him at risk for complications including meatitis (inflammation and ulceration of the urinary meatus), meatal stenosis (constriction of the meatus, resulting in blocked urinary flow and potential infection), preputial stenosis (scarring that constricts the glans), and buried penis (entrapment of the penis by scar tissue). Together, these conditions, which are almost unheard of in non-circumcised males, affect up to 20% of circumcised males and may require additional surgery. 100+ babies die every year in the U.S. from complications such as hemorrhage, infection, adverse reaction to anesthesia.
MEDICAL BENEFITS Of Infant Circumcision: In fact, circumcision does not provide any protection against infection, penile cancer, or sexually-transmitted diseases (including HIV/AIDS): http://www.nocirc.http://yogajanda.com//2008-07_Mothering-Fauntleroy.pdf and does not reduce the rate of cervical cancer in female partners.
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS statement on Infant Circumcision: At this time, there is insufficient data to recommend routine neonatal circumcision. Although there are potential benefits and risks, the procedure is usually not essential to the child’s well being. Parents should determine what is in the best interest of their child. All of this information needs to be presented so parents can make an informed choice.
THE INFANT CIRCUMCISION PROCEDURE-The operator forces a metal clamp inside the foreskin, and tears the skin away from the glans. The operator then slices the foreskin down past the glans and cuts the foreskin off.
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Infant circumcision is often performed without adequate anesthesia, since anesthetizing such a young infant can be very dangerous.