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Circumcision: Where We Stand

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The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that circumcision has potential medical benefits and advantages, as well as risks.

Current evidence suggests that the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks and that the procedure's benefits justify access to this procedure for families who choose it. However, existing scientific evidence is not sufficient to recommend routine circumcision.

Therefore, because the procedure is not essential to a child's current well-being, we recommend that the decision to circumcise is one best made by parents in consultation with their pediatrician. Their decision should take into account what is in the best interests of the child, including medical, religious, cultural, and ethnic traditions.

Your pediatrician (or your obstetrician if they would be performing the circumcision) should discuss the benefits and risks of circumcision with you and the forms of analgesia that are available.

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Adapted from Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age Five 7th edition (Copyright © 2019 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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