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should we circumcise the baby?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Personal choice: In the US circumcision is commonplace, 80-90 %, France 30%, Australia 30%, great Britain 10% (not covered by national health insurance). There is data suggesting increased life risks of UTI & STD if not & I remember it being the most requested elective surgery among young enlisted men during my Navy years. If it is done at all it is easiest and heals quickest in newborns.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
The Data: Analysis of all the available research data by the american academy of pediatrics demostrated a benefit of doing it versus the detriment of the risk. The benefit was described as "small", but this does mean there is an advantage to performing it than the risk of not.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Probably not: Unless dad or an older brother is circumcised, why do it except for religious reasons.

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Yes: Babies who are passing hard, formed stools and seem to have pain with stools may be constipated. Frequency of bowel movements is usually not important, if the stool is soft and the baby has no pain or straining. See your pediatrician if you suspect your baby has pain with bowel movements or if you see blood in the stool.
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If I have well water for the house, should I use diluted water for my baby's bottle?

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What is the healthiest circumcision style?

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Sleeve resection: For adults, and plastibell circumcision in infants.
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I am afraid of the shots that I have to give my months old baby! what is the problem in order to do them later when it is a bit older?I

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Exposure: Waiting simply allows them further exposure to the diseases. And having a current epidemic of whooping cough(pertussis) where i practice, your child has an increased risk of serious disease and even death by waiting.And the shots are a much safer risk than taking a chance on getting the disease!
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If I shave my babys lanugo, will it grow back even faster?

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Dr. Jerry Casale
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Don't do it: Shaving hair, any kind does not make it grow back faster, this is indeed an old wives tale. But please do not touch the lanugo it will go away and would be afraid of any potential harm to shaving a baby.U only have lanugo once. Embrace it.

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