New Beginnings Pediatrics
Pediatrics located in Glendale, AZ
Every year, over half of all newborn males in the United States undergo circumcision shortly after birth. At New Beginnings Pediatrics in Glendale, Arizona, pediatrician Aashima Bansal, MD, performs circumcisions safely and with anesthesia. If you’re not sure about getting the procedure for your newborn, she can help you confidently make the decision. To learn more about the standard circumcision procedure and decide whether or not to get it for your son, call New Beginnings Pediatrics, or book an appointment online today.
Circumcision Q & A
What is circumcision?
Circumcision is an optional service for newborn boys. It’s a minor surgery to remove the foreskin from the tip of the penis. While it’s not common everywhere in the world, it’s a common practice in the United States. You can get it for your child after the newborn period, but this is far less common.
If you’re wondering whether or not you should get circumcision for your baby, Dr. Bansal can help you weigh the benefits against the possible risks and drawbacks. In many cases, circumcision is a cultural or religious practice. However, it has a few potential health benefits that you should consider too.
What are the benefits of circumcision?
If it’s a part of your culture, religion, or family tradition, the decision to circumcise your child is probably automatic for you. If circumcision has no ties to culture, tradition, or religion for you, the choice is entirely up to you and your partner.
While some of the health benefits are still up for debate, and circumcision may not be recommended at all in some cases, they might include:
- Easier cleaning and hygiene
- Lower risk for urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Lower risk for penile cancer later in life
- Lower risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
Circumcision won’t affect your child’s fertility later in life, and most experts agree that it doesn’t affect penile sensation or sensitivity. It’s also important to consider that any risks of not circumcising your child are extremely low and easy to avoid with proper hygiene and care.
Does circumcision hurt my child?
Currently, medical organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) support the use of certain types of anesthesia for circumcision. Pain medications like analgesics ensure your child does not feel pain during the procedure, and Dr. Bansal discusses options with you beforehand.
What is the aftercare for circumcision?
To avoid infections, excessive bleeding, and other complications, you need to follow Dr. Bansal’s instructions for circumcision aftercare. She recommends:
- Cleaning the penis with each diaper change using mild soap
- Applying petroleum jelly to the wound regularly as it heals
- Changing your child’s diapers frequently
- Reporting any unusual symptoms, like swelling and crusting
As long as you follow these instructions, you can expect the area of circumcision to heal fully within 7-10 days.
The decision to circumcise your child is a personal one, and there is a lot to consider while making it. To schedule an appointment at New Beginnings Pediatrics, call the office or book online today.