1) You son spent 9 month growing and developing into the amazing little bundle that he is when born. He didn’t accidentally grow a part that needs surgically removed during that time.
2) The foreskin of babies and young children is adhered to the glans (head) of the penis. It grows this way to protect the glans. Because of this, it does not require any special cleaning or extra work. Simply wipe it off as you would a finger.
3) No major medical organization in the U.S. recommend routine infant circumcision. Therefore, most insurance companies have quit paying for it because it is considered cosmetic surgery.
4) The foreskin has a distinct function in a grown man’s sexual life. More information on this here.
5) Circumcision carries many risks. They include surgical complications (too much bleeding or infection), removing too much skin, needing additional surgery, buried penis, decreased sexual function, and many more.
6) Adequate pain relief is rarely used. No one would imagine cutting off a piece of very sensitive skin off of an adult while simply having them suck on sugar water. This is not ok to do to babies either. Numbing cream, nerve blocks, and pain relief for at least 48 hours after the procedure should be requirements. Sadly, they are not. Beyond that, all those pain relievers carry inherent risks to such a small infant.
7) The rate of circumcision is now below 50% nationwide (higher in some areas and lower in others). So the argument that you don’t want your son to look different in the locker room has lost its effect.
It’s your son’s body and his choice to make. Circumcision is something that can be done at a later date, it doesn’t have to be done on a newborn baby. If you son decides for himself as an adult that he wants it done, then he can choose to do so.
9) Most people can’t even sit through a video of the procedure being done to a baby. Why then can we choose to do so to our own children unnecessarily?
10) Most of the world’s boys are intact. (Note, I never refer to it as uncircumcised. If you have breasts, you are not unmasectomied.) They have healthy, functioning foreskins and are not racing to join America in its circumcising tradition.
Still debating whether or not to circumcise your son? Here‘s a great tool to walk through some of the common arguments.
Circumcision: Information for Parents from Canadian Health Authorities
Penn and Teller on Circumcision (Warning: If you’ve never seen a Penn and Teller episode, be prepared that you won’t want your kids in the room!)