CIRCUMCISION? YES OR NO

Hilary - posted on 03/29/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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We are in the process of adopting 3 hispanic children! They are beautiful and we love them! Is it customary for baby boys of mexican origin to not be circumcised, or did his birth mother just choose not to?

He will not be "legally" ours until he is 18 months old!

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Patti - posted on 04/10/2009

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There is NO medical benefit to circumcision. Any Dr. worth his salt or that keeps up on the latest information will tell you that there is no medical necessity to circumcise a child. My DH and I did chose to circ our oldest son but that was because we mistakenly believed the lies and myths that have been perpetuated throughout the years. Our youngest two sons are both intact, both without any problems at all and healthy and happy. I'm Cuban and I know that my Great Uncle and Grandfather were both uncirc'd and never had any problems or issues throughout their lifetimes.

One of the biggest mistakes people make is that they are told by uninformed Dr.'s that they should pull back the foreskin to clean underneath but that is completely unnecessary and potentially harmful. The best way to clean an intact penis on a little boy is to wash it like a finger. You wash the outside and rinse, that easy. I can also say from experience having changed diapers on a circ'd son and two intact that keeping an intact boy clean is MUCH easier.

IMO if your child will not be 18 mos. until you get him please leave him alone and don't traumatize him by performing a medically unnecessary procedure on him. It's going to be a hard adjustment already, why traumatize him and make it even harder?

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Angie - posted on 11/27/2013

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Do it!!! My husband was since he was a baby and my 3 sons are all circumcised. It's less of hassle and it has a lot of benefits when it comes to girls.

Hilary - posted on 04/11/2009

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THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR COMMENTS!!!  WE WILL TAKE ALL SUGGESTIONS INTO CONSIDERATION! WE ARE CURRENTLY UNDECIDED WITH WHAT TO DO!

Robynn - posted on 04/10/2009

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I agree that it is not medically necessary. I only meant that if she decides to do it, as old as he is, a pediatric urologist would be best.

Robynn - posted on 04/10/2009

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Quoting Claudia:



Hi, I am from Mexico and I do not think it is the common thing to do here.






 






I have a son who is circumcised because his dad is, my husband is from the US






If you decide to do it, make sure an UROLOGIST does the procedure






I really agree with Claudia. And at the age your son is I would say pediatric urologist.

Claudia - posted on 04/10/2009

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Hi, I am from Mexico and I do not think it is the common thing to do here.



 



I have a son who is circumcised because his dad is, my husband is from the US



If you decide to do it, make sure an UROLOGIST does the procedure

Robynn - posted on 04/07/2009

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I know many hispanics not circumcised. I think it is unneeded. We as a culture think so poorly of cultures who circumcise females, but is it any different to circumcise males when there is not a medical issue? My son and grandsons are not circumcised. However, a babysitter who knew nothing of caring for an uncircumcised male tried to pull back his foreskin, it was of course to tight, she forced it back and decreased blood flow to the head of his penis. The doctor was able to release before permanent damage.The woman did not realize she was actually trying to perform a medical procedure.

Robynn - posted on 04/07/2009

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I know many hispanics not circumcised. I think it is unneeded. We as a culture think so poorly of cultures who circumcise females, but is it any different to circumcise males when there is not a medical issue? My son and grandsons are not circumcised. However, a babysitter who knew nothing of caring for an uncircumcised male tried to pull back his foreskin, it was of course to tight, she forced it back and decreased blood flow to the head of his penis. The doctor was able to release before permanent damage.The woman did not realize she was actually trying to perform a medical procedure.

Monika - posted on 04/07/2009

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I chose to do it for my son and had them do it the day after he born. I did because some moms told me its a little easier to keep clean, but i think its whatever you feel comfortable with. I do agree that the sooner the better since when they're really small there less chance of them remembering it.

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I don't think it's a Mexican thing? It's personal, no pun intended! I chose to do so for both my boys and glad I did. Someone I know did not and she pulled the skin too far back and strangulated it and the poor kid was hospitalized. It's a sanitary issue in my opinion.

Stephanie - posted on 04/04/2009

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I am married to an uncircumcised Hispanic male. From speaking with family and friends I have learned that the hispanic culture at least where we live tends not to circumcise. ( this of course does not represent the entire race) We were faced with this same decision twice as we have two boys. Although our cultures shared different beliefs, this is one decision we agreed on without any debate. NOT to circumcise!! There are so many reasons people chose to circumcise... Religion, Culture, Health etc... I was able to carry my children in my womb, it is such a miraculous experience, the growth and development of a human being. I could not help but think that the skin is created this way for a purpose. When properly cleaned it is unlikely you will experience any problems. Good luck and God Bless your family!

Yesenia - posted on 04/03/2009

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Melina sorry to read about your son.  But it sounds like the Dr. was at fault here, had it been done properly to begin with I'm sure the complications could have been avoided.  It is extremly important that the Dr. who performs this is carefully scrutinized and has experience doing the procedure.  I recomend a Pediatric Urologist to perform this procedure and not an OB who has little or no expertise with this part of a childs body.

Melina - posted on 04/03/2009

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ouch! it's really your choice..I had complications with my son with his circumcision and we did it at birth....basically the doctor( my ob) left too much skin and he was my first boy so I thought I was pulling back the skin far enough...but I wasn't because at his yearly appointment the doctor told me that it had healed together...I was very upset as I wanted him circumcized and now he really wasn;t . She told me she could pull the skin all the way back but it would be like he was recircumsized...I chose to have it done..it ended up getting infected and I spent the following day in the ER it was so painful for him that he didn;t want to pee...I was crying of course I felt so bad as a parent not being able to do anything.... i never had another boy so I don;t know if I would choose to do it again! best of luck with your decision..

Yesenia - posted on 03/31/2009

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Yes the sooner the better.  Now a days it's not really a question of custom but of what's best for the child. Some hispanic men are while other aren't it's just a matter of parental preference.  Some kids and even men begin to have problems with the extra skin when they are not circumsized and will require to have it done anyway.  The older they are the longer and more tramatic it is for them.  Speak to a pediatric urologist about the pros regarding circumcision at an early age as apposed to a 4 year old or young man who has to have one.



 



 

Claudia - posted on 03/31/2009

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My husband is Mexican and neither he nor any of his brothers are circumcised .... I know only because he told me so :)   The tradition is a Jewish one, but many have taken the act as a part of modern day health concerns.  Now a days, I truly believe it is just a matter of choice as there is really no problem with uncircumsized men.   Congratulations!!  I'm an adoptive mommy too!  WOW 3 at a time, you are a brave mommy!

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