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Virtual Pediatric Hospital: CQQA: Circumcision

Pediatrics Common Questions, Quick Answers

Circumcision

Donna D'Alessandro, M.D.
Lindsay Huth, B.A.
Peer Review Status: Internally Reviewed
Creation Date: March 2002
Last Revision Date: April 2002


Common Questions, Quick Answers

What is circumcision?

Why does my child need this procedure?
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Pediatric Society do not recommend routine infant circumcision. They recommend that parents decide what is best for the child. Some reasons parents choose to have it done include:

What are the benefits?
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Pediatric Society believe there are potential benefits and risks. Benefits may include:

What are the risks?
Doctors do not always agree on the risks and benefits of circumcision. The following are reasons why some parents choose not to have the surgery done:

Is it painful?

How do we prepare for this procedure?

How is it done?

What care will my child need after the procedure?

What are the results?

When should I call the doctor?

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