Newborn Male Circumcision
Although there is no solid evidence to support routine male circumcision, it’s a well-known
practice. The process is painful and invasive and requires pain medication. Stress chemicals can
be found in the bloodstream, which can cause an increase in heart rate and decreased oxygen
levels in newborns. They may also experience increased crying, gagging, choking, or
withdrawal. This procedure is extremely risky. Continue reading for more information. And
remember, this surgery is not for everyone.
There is no universal consensus regarding the effectiveness of circumcision. However, there are
some key principles that guide its use. A healthcare provider cannot inflict injury on a patient if
they follow the principles of nonmaleficence. Even though circumcision isn’t necessary, it
reduces certain health risks for babies. The 1950s saw Britain in economic recession. The
National Health Service was created to provide affordable, high-quality healthcare for all citizens.
A medical ethicist published a paper criticizing circumcision during this period. This paper
supported the NHS’s decision not to cover the procedure. This led to the denial of circumcision
as routine procedure. It was never an integral part of British culture.
A hospital will circumcise a newborn male when he is between five to eight weeks old. The
procedure takes about 15 to 30 min. The newborn is then wrapped with gauze to stop any
bleeding. Following the circumcision, parents are instructed to change the lubricated dressing
with each diaper change for the next 24 hours, and to clean the area daily with warm water. The
wound may be sore for a few days and a scab forms.
Despite the known medical benefits of newborn male circumcision, there is still some
controversy surrounding this procedure. Some people don’t believe it’s necessary cosmetic
surgery. Others think it’s genital destruction and decreases a manâ€TMs sexual enjoyment.
Whatever the reason, parents need to weigh the benefits and risks of circumcision before
making their decision. A decision aid that is based on current medical knowledge might be
helpful. Some parents used to circumcise their children for religious reasons. More than half of
the males in America were circumcised.
In 2010, approximately 58% were circumcised in the hospital prior to being discharged. Although
the CDC has not yet published data for 2011-2019 it is clear that this trend continues to decline.
In fact, the rate of routine newborn male circumcision in the United States dropped from 65% to
58% over the past 32 years. It is declining even more. Why do we care so much for newborn
male circumcision? While there are many reasons this trend is occurring, the overall numbers
One study found that preterm infants are more likely than those born normal to get UTIs. This
may be because preterm infants are smaller than normal and may not have been circumcised.
Preterm infants who have been circumcised have a nearly 16 percent lower risk of developing
UTIs. Additionally, HIV acquisition was less likely by 16 percent.
A common complaint regarding a newborn male circumcision procedure is insufficient skin
removal. This results in a disappointing cosmetic result. During healing, the penile shaft’s skin
can slide over the glans. The parents of the affected baby should gently pull back the skin until
the penis’ head is exposed. In some cases, the skin may return to its normal position within a
few days. If this happens, then the procedure might not be effective.
A systematic review of complications after newborn circumcision revealed that there is a 2% to
3% complication rate. Although it is difficult estimate the exact rate of complications, most
studies used different definitions of complication. They were not stratified by the time of the
procedure or the provider type. In two studies, the complication rate was less that 1% and in a
third, it was 2%.