Male circumcision is among the most common surgeries worldwide, with nearly 60% of newborn boys in the United States undergoing the procedure today. At Professional Pediatrics in Roseville, California, esteemed pediatrician Benjamin Valdez, MD, is a circumcision expert with more than three decades of specialized pediatrics experience. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling the office today.
Circumcision is the removal of the prepuce, the foreskin over the penis in boys. This procedure is very common in newborn boys in America today, with around 6 in 10 boys undergoing circumcision.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, circumcision offers significant health benefits including:
Circumcision doesn’t affect penile sensitivity, sexual function, or sexual satisfaction later in life.
The official recommendation from AAP states that the health benefits of circumcision outweigh its risks. However, they don’t recommend universal newborn circumcision. That decision lies in the hands of parents, with skilled guidance and support from the experienced Professional Pediatrics team.
While health benefits can play a big role in choosing circumcision, religious and cultural reasons often contribute to the decision significantly. Many parents also say that they want their child to resemble their (circumcised) father. You might choose the procedure for multiple reasons.
Circumcisions are usually performed sometime in a male baby’s first month of life. However, boys can undergo circumcision after that time based on their needs.
If your child is older, the Professional Pediatrics team can discuss the situation and help you make a decision about the right time to schedule the circumcision procedure for your child.
Professional Pediatrics provides detailed aftercare instructions following your baby’s circumcision. You’ll need to clean the area daily and after bowel movements. Applying petroleum jelly can help prevent irritation from rubbing against diapers.
It’s normal for your baby’s penis to look swollen and irritated for several days, but in general, most babies fully heal in just 7-10 days.
If you’re planning circumcision for your baby, it’s important to know you can rely on their medical specialists. At Professional Pediatrics, the same experienced and reliable team that handles all your child’s newborn care also performs the circumcision, ensuring that you can feel confident about your baby’s comfort and results.
Call the Professional Pediatrics office to arrange a circumcision consultation today.