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What should you expect in your baby boy's circumcision?

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One of the first questions your pediatrician may ask after your son’s birth is whether you plan to have him circumcised. It’s a relatively common surgical procedure where your baby’s foreskin -- the hood of skin that covers the head of his penis -- is removed. If a baby is going to have the surgery, it’s usually done before he leaves the hospital, 2-3 days after birth. If you’re considering it.

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Patient education: Circumcision in Baby Boys (Beyond the Basics).”

Mayo Clinic: “Circumcision (Male).”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Newborn Circumcision.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Newborn Male Circumcision.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Patient education: Circumcision in Baby Boys (Beyond the Basics).”

Mayo Clinic: “Circumcision (Male).”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Newborn Circumcision.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Newborn Male Circumcision.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

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