Why Are Baby Boys Circumcised?

A Baby In A Towel After Circumcision

If you are a parent or are hoping to become a parent in the future then this article is of great importance to you. In this article we are going to look at basic issues regarding baby circumcision. But before we go any further let’s look at the meaning of the word circumcision. Here we go.

Circumcision is the surgical removal of foreskin. It involves the removal of skin that covers the head of the penis. It is an optional procedure which means you may decide whether to have your son circumcised or not. It takes a short period of time, about 15-20 minutes. It is also performed by a professional medical doctor(pediatrician) in a medical setting.

For certain reasons, circumcision can be done in a non medical setting by a trained person who exactly knows how to do it (procedures), how to relieve pain and how to protect a circumcised baby from infections.

Reasons For Baby Circumcision

There are several reasons to why are baby boys Circumcised. The following are major reasons for babies circumcision;-

1.Health Reasons

Some parents opt their babies circumcised due to health benefits. Studies reveal that a circumcised baby have little chances of getting infections compared to a circumcised one. This is due to the fact that bacteria prefer to live under the for skin. Circumcision helps to protect a baby from Urinary Track Infections (U.T.I) which can lead to severe illness.

Further more circumcision will help to prevent your baby from Sexual Transmitted Infections (S.T.I’s) in the later days. Various medical researches shows that uncircumcised adults are at great risk of getting HIV/AIDS infections and other sexually transmitted infections than circumcised adults.

2.Religious Reasons

Some parents choose to have their sons circumcised due to their religious believes. This is based on the fact that the holly books insist all baby boys to have circumcised. This is common among Muslim, Jews and some Christians.

3. Hygienic Reasons.

Hygiene is also one of the major reasons for circumcision. Uncircumcised baby requires different hygiene compared to a circumcised one. This is due to the fact that the removal of a fore skin simplify the hygiene, there fore it is easy to clean the genital parts of a circumcised baby than uncircumcised one.  If you opt not to circumcise your baby, you are required to ask your doctor on the necessary procedure to clean your baby’s under and fore skin.

4.Cultural Reasons

It is the culture of some societies and tribes to have babies and male adults circumcised. This is based on the belief that the circumcised person is more civilized compared to uncircumcised person. In these societies it is very shame to have an uncircumcised baby at home. The circumcision process is accompanied by the ceremony.

How To Take Care of A Circumcised Baby

During Diaper Change

Regular change of diaper is recommended. Be careful with a surgical wound to avoid pains.This means you need to care for the baby’s penis as it heals. In order to prevent the wound from rubbing against the diaper apply petroleum jelly on the penis, then cover the penis with the loose soft gauze.

With each diaper change use the soap and clean warm water to remove stool then pat your baby dry. After diaper change wrap your baby in a soft towel. If the tip of the is red, this is normal. If the tip of the penis looks black or bluish, this is not normal and please contact your doctor for further advice. In addition to that, if a baby cries excessively, please contact your doctor immediately.

During Bath

Remember, tub bath is not advised until the wound heals completely. Instead sponge bath is highly recommended. After sponge bathing pat your baby dry and wrap him  in the soft towel.

Risks of Circumcision

The two common risks of circumcision are Bleeding and Infections.

  • Bleeding

If the circumcision was done in the medical setting(hospital) by a pediatrician there will no or little risk of bleeding. Severe bleeding after circumcision can occur if the circumcision has been done by untrained and inexperienced person. The severe bleeding is the serious problem, there fore contact the pediatrician immediately if a baby is in this state.

  • Infections

Again a baby may get infections if he was circumcised in a non medical setting by untrained person. However, there is a little risk of infections to some babies even if the circumcision was done in a medical setting.

Final Thoughts

Baby boys circumcision is very important. The reasons why some parents hesitate to let their babies circumcised are the fear of pains, bleeding and infections. It is important to note that during circumcision, the doctor will use medicines for pain relief. Some doctors use topical cream or special ointment oils. If you have any question regarding circumcision, please ask a pediatrician.

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  1. I have never had to make this decision, but it is quite a big one, and better to do it young than later in life I think. There definitely seems to be more pros than cons to this procedure and it seems to be becoming more the norm of late. Is this procedure a lot more painful once the boy is older?

    • Thank you for reading, I can say circumcision when older is more painful. Also the wound heals very slowly compared to a baby. 

  2. Hi Baraka, thank you very much for publishing a great article about Baby Boys Circumcision, Parents who choose circumcision often do so based on religious beliefs, concerns about hygiene, or cultural or social reasons, such as the wish to have their son look like other men in the family. I hope to get more great article from you in the future.

    • Thank you very much for a comment. There are, of course many great articles ahead. Have a good time

  3. In my country, folks insist that a person should be circumcised at the age of 12 or above and not in the infant stage. The reason is, it is required for the sexual development of a teenage boy and if someone is circumcised, there’s will be a good development of the manhood of a person. It is only through this article that I heard of having a baby circumcised but this is a good education and I learned something. Maybe when I become a parent too, I will opt to have my baby circumcised at an early age.

  4. Here children are made to be circumsised after a couple of weeks because it might be too painful for the little boy. I find this very good and helpful as well. My sister is going to have a baby boy soon but there was an argument as to when to get the child circumsised. In your opinion,how long do you think it should take before the child is circumcised?

    • Dear Henderson

      Thank you for reading. People have different perspectives on when a baby should be circumcised. But a baby can be circumcised at any time. My baby was circumcised the third after birth. Best regards


  5. I knew the benefits of circumcision, but I didn’t know that it was practiced by some Christians. I only knew Jews and Muslims. I know that some apply the procedure to babies, others to boys of a certain age. But I think it’s easier for babies. I also learned something new from your article. Thank you for taking the time to share it with us. Carmen

    • Dear Camen

      Thank you for reading. I’m glad to hear that you liked this article. Have a good day

  6. It was great reading this article, i remember myself going for circumcision in my late 17s. It was painful , so this article made me realize that i can take my baby now that he’s still young. Have learnt a lot from this post concerning why baby circumcision is important

  7. I am in Malaysia where there is 3 major races, the Malay (which is born Muslims), the Chinese and the Indian. For Malay, they are born a Muslim and are compulsory to do circumcision at the teenage age.

    I do hear a lot of benefits of circumcision but I never practice it yet even thou I am a Christian. 

    I do not have a baby boy yet, if I do, perhaps I will think about it in the future.

    Thanks for the article.

  8. I’m a Christian, it’s in the Bible that it is important and religious to circumcise every male child, i don’t really know of other religions but this I’m sure of. You’ve made this article detailed and very informative, I didn’t know that circumcision helps the risk of STD, that’s really good to know. Thanks for sharing the details, it’s very helpful.

    • Thank you for reading. Indeed, an uncircumcised person is more likely to get STD’s than a circumcised person.

  9. Thank you for sharing important review topics with us. I see people emphasizing that a person should be circumcised at 12 years of age and not in infancy. Circumcision at the age of 12 or over can be a problem. I think it is necessary for the sexual development of a teenage boy and if one is circumcised, then a good development of manhood will be. It was through this article that I heard that a baby was circumcised but it was a good education and I learned a lot from it. When I am a father, I would prefer to circumcise my child at a very young age.Thank you BARAKA.!

  10. Oh, this is just beautiful to see that you can give such information on why babies are circumcised. I have always had this question in my mind. Definitely, I am going to become a father someday and so I need to know why I would like to take any action on him. Thank you for the well written explanation. Your post is very informative. Cheers

  11. Circumcision is dependent on the belief of a parent, what religion you practice, your tradition and cultural beliefs and lot more like medical reasons. Medically, it has been confirmed that it has several benefits and this is why people should always be aware of it. Thanks for the update, it is a useful one.

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