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Circumcision: Benefits of health Override the Risks

The American Academy of Pediatrics has officially revised its recommendation for circumcision. This is the first change in direction in the last thirteen years as they alter from the previous neutral position to recommendation that the procedure be done. The change is based on an acknowledgement that the health benefits for circumcision outweigh the risks.


While the organization does indicate that the decision is up to the parents and could be affected by personal religious, cultural or health reasons; circumcision can reduce incidents of urinary tract infection as the child matures. Circumcision is recommended as a preventative measure and the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that the procedure be covered by third party insurance carriers.

Due to a variety of philosophical reasons, the number of circumcisions has been on the decline since the 1980’s. Many have believed that circumcision is a barbaric procedure and not necessary in today’s society. The AAP’s change in position is based on overall health, but is not suggesting that it be a requirement.


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