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Published on Feb 2, 2009
Sons don't mind if they dont look like their fathers.
Looking like Dad seems to be the most important reason to cut babies in America — but how similar is a tiny, prepubescent penis to Dads, anyway? Toddlers are smart. Try explaining that everyone is unique and body parts all look different. Tell him that Dad had to have an operation on his penis but now it is okay. After all, you already have to explain why Mom looks different, don't you?
Before deciding on circumcision you may want to consider your sons rights. An article published in Humane Health Care International explains that circumcision of infants is a violation of the seven principles of medical ethics. Following the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, the AAP Committee on Bioethics stated that parents have the right to grant permission for diagnosis and treatment, but they do not have the right to decide on elective procedures for their children. These should be postponed until the child is able to choose them for himself. The committee also mentions that parents rights to force religious practices that could be harmful to the child should be limited. In contrast, the AAP official policy statement allows the parents to make the decision.
An uncircumcised penis is easily cared for.
It seems that the problems that people blame on foreskins actually stem from improper care of the uncircumcised penis. To quote the AAP, good personal hygiene would offer all the advantages of routine circumcision without the attendant surgical risk. Since the AAP gives no instruction in the matter, many doctors advise parents to force back the foreskin and clean underneath. Actually, the best mode of action is to leave it alone. A soak in a warm bath is all it needs during infancy. As the boy grows, the foreskin will naturally separate from the glans (somewhere between the ages of 3 and 13), and he may then pull it back and clean underneath it with clear water. The full process of separation is usually finished by age 18.