In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics reversed its long-held stance on circumcision, saying that the benefits of the practice outweighed the risks.
"But the academy stopped short of recommending circumcision for all baby boys, saying the decision remains a family matter. The academy had previously taken a neutral position on circumcision," The New York Times reported.
According to the Los Angeles Times, this is the first time that the academy has been in favor of the procedure since reaffirming its 1999 guidelines expressing neutrality on the issue in 2005. Back then, the AAP's official policy was that there was not enough data to recommend routine newborn circumcision.
In the new policy statement, published online in the journal Pediatrics, the academy noted that the "specific benefits from male circumcision were identified for the prevention of urinary tract infections, acquisition of HIV, transmission of some STDs and penile cancer." In the same statement, the AAP urged insurance companies to cover the costs of the procedure because of the health benefits. Also of note, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now encourages doctors to educate parents and uncircumcised males about the benefits of circumcision.
More on Circumcision:
- Our Ask the Labor Nurse blogger weighs in on the debate about a study discussing the health risks related to the overall dropping circumcision rate.
- Check out Circumcision Decision for the pros and cons of this procedure. If you do decide to have your son circumcised, ask that he be given pain relief. Then head to Newborn Care From Head to Toe for tips on post-circumcision care.