Circumcision for child

Circumcision for child

Circumcision is an operation to remove the prepuce (foreskin) of the penis. Jewish religious law requires that it be done in infancy and the custom has spread to other cultures. But the practice has now fallen out of favour as a routine procedure because many physicians feel that the risks outweigh the benefits. Although there is less cancer of the penis among circumcised men, regular washing under the foreskin is thought to offer equally effective protection against this disease. The theory that circumcision protects the female partner from cervical cancer is also disputed. Phimosis, the inability to retract the foreskin, is avoided if the child is circumcised but this condition is outgrown in most cases.

Circumcision is a relatively simple procedure in expert hands; but it can lead to complications such as bleeding and infection; or an ulcer can form at the tip of the glans owing to the irritation of wet nappies. If the operation is to be done, it should be delayed until the seventh or eighth day after birth, so that bleeding is less likely and the infant’s condition has stabilised.

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