Setting aside those who perform the rite for religious purposes out of the equation, one topic of debate in the myriad of decisions that need to be made is whether or not circumcision is the right choice for parents and their sons. A new study by the Mayo Clinic suggests the benefits outweigh the risks which poses the question; to snip or not to snip: is circumcision the healthiest? With a virtual and literal flood of information available on both sides of the issues - pros and cons - it can be quite daunting for some to reach any definitive conclusions without reservations.
What the Mayo Clinic suggests is that any pro’s surpass the cons there may be with circumcising boys. Their position, and that of the review’s lead author Dr. Brian J. Morris, claims that the long lasting advantages concerning overall good health are advantageous in the same way vaccines are. Noted in the study are health benefits to circumcision which also correlate to the American Academy of Pediatrics stance with their own policy: benefits to circumcision include the prevention of urinary tract infections which may lead to kidney damage in infants, and prevention of some sexually transmitted diseases.
So the debate continues with ethics on one side and health on the other. Is it necessary? Is it detrimental? The medical community seems to think the latter, while many proponents of anti-circumcision believe it is morally wrong and liken it to mutilation in which the child has no choice in being a participant.
Yet, circumcision remains a private choice between parents, who only want the best for their children. Bring any concerns regarding the topic to your pediatrician, along with any information and research you may find on your own. Whatever you decide it is with your child’s best interests at heart and mind.
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