Circumcision has many risks, particulary to an infant.
For starters, you have all the basic surgical site risks, such as infection, scarring, haemorrhage… death! Death is a risk for all surgical procedures.
However, further risks include degloving of the penile shaft, meatal stenosis (the narrowing of the meatal opening, which then obstructs urine flow), readhesion of mucosal surfaces. Many more boys require revision of their circumcision than would have needed the circumcision in the first place.
Worse yet, many adult men are coming face to face with complications that are simply not seen until they reach sexual maturity, such as skin bridges between the shaft and glans that result in painful erections, desensitisation of the glans due to keratinisation of the mucosal surface. Circumcision is associated with a 4.5x greater lifetime risk of sexual dysfunction.
Think about it this way, would you tattoo your child? Would you put ear plugs (tunnels) in them now because its fashionable? Circumcision is permanent and irreversible. Nothing can restore those lost nerves. Running water and condoms are far more effective at preventing disease than cutting off part of ones penis - and these benefits are highly questionable.
Leave him be. If he wants to be circumcised, he can make the decision as an adult - his own decision about his own body. You never know, he might even like his foreskin! And you know, Ive never met a young man who has to be convinced to wash his penis ;)
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