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Yes: Some people don't believe babies feel pain. That is false they certainly feel pain. That is why we use lmx (4% Lidocaine cream) on outside of penis in a glove finger "condom" for 30 minutes before infant circumcisions to numb the outer skin, then apply 2% xylocaine (lidocaine) jelly under the foreskin once retracted. Are also given "sweetease" sugar solution to suck on, to reduce pain sensation. ...Read moreSee 13 more doctor answers
Still controversial: Aside from religious reasons, compelling data support it as std & personal health preventive measure. Surely painful (but ways around that) as infant but more so (& more complicated) as adult. Ideally (& possibly legally), child should be allowed to make the decision, but takes years b4 can make informed decision & then peer pressure comes in. At this point let parents opt 4 best interests of boy. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
OK if father circ'd: Then no explanations necessary as to why father and son are different if only one is circ'd. Circumcision is always best performed, with least morbidity in infancy. Howeever there is no real meical indication for circumcision and thus is primarily a personal, family or social decision. Either way both decisions, whether to circumcise or not to circumcise are correct & neither is wrong. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Hard to say: If that kid is the one of hundreds that will get recurrent urinary disease that might lead to kidney loss and dialysis, he might appreciate it, but chances are small.If he is one that develops foreskin cancer, or an extra std, the procedure might be appreciated. The kid who develops para-phymosis leading to strangulation of the penile tip, might. All rare but possible. ...Read more
Please tell me the infant circumcision rate in the united states in 2012/13 and is it trending upwards or downwards?
Variable: This varies with the part of the country, ethnic and religious practices and insurance coverage.Since it is not covered by medicaid in about 17 states, those states have lower rates. The lowest runs about 60% to a high around 90%.This variability has drifted up or down and back for decades. ...Read more
Why ??: It has been practiced as a religious ritual for thousands of years. The proof is out there for those who choose to look at it. For those who scoff at the evidence, nothing will change their minds.At the present time it is an elective procedure.Those who wish can do so, and those who do not can avoid it. Your personal feelings do not trump those who accept the procedure. ...Read more
Is it true that if the infant is over ten pounds the they can not do an in office procedure for a circumcision.
Not always...: I can't speak for the policies of your OB or Pedi (whoever does the procedure in your area). I would recommend contacting their office to determine if they have such a policy. Sometimes the age of the child is the determining factor in referring to urology & not age. All I can do is guess about another offices policies. ...Read more
The frenulum was also removed during sons infant circumcision. How much sensation is now lost? Will he be able to achieve orgasm when he gets older?
Circumcision: There should be no problem with future sexual satisfaction. Circumcision is an elective procedure. But I am not sure what you mean by frenulum. Do you mean the connection on the underside of the penis between the foreskin and penis? During circumcision this is not removed but the foreskin is peeled back from it. This occasionally can cause bleeding. ...Read more