Circumcising Your Son: Why Timing Is Everything

baby feetStill don't know if you want to circumcise your son? Better decide fast! A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics says complications with circumcisions are very low in infant boys, but increase greatly after their first birthday! 

Researchers found that less than .5 percent of boys had complications with their circumcisions when it was performed within their first year. Good news, right? But get this -- the risk was 20 times greater when the procedure was done after they turned 1.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 55 percent of boys in the U.S. are circumcised, but the decision to snip or not to snip is relevant to all parents of baby boys. It's one of the first decisions they must make after their little one's birth. And this new study shows us that the choice must be made sooner, rather than later.

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The lead study of the author, suspects that the reason why chances of risk increase as boys get older is because the recovery time and caring after the procedure becomes more complicated.

Making the circumcision decision brings along plenty of debates, especially among parents-to-be. There are plenty of pro and con arguments to sift through and dozens of risks and benefits to weigh, but it ultimately rests with mom and dad. But it is important to note that coming to a conclusion is best done as soon as possible.

The longer parents wait to decide, the higher the risks if you do snip. So moms and dads, whether you're "pro-intact" or "pro-snip," it's best to decide soon.

Did you choose to circumcise your son? If so, how soon after his birth?

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