Docteur Jean-Philippe Bercier BSc, MD, CCFP



What Age Is Best for Circumcision?

What Age Is Best for Circumcision?

Circumcision is a surgical procedure in which the foreskin, the skin that covers the end of the penis, is removed. In many cultures, it is performed for religious or cultural traditions when the boy is a newborn. Some adults do undergo the procedure for medical, personal, cultural and religious reasons; however, recovery is more painful and usually takes longer than it does for newborn boys. Parents expecting the birth of a new baby boy should talk to a doctor about circumcision in Ottawa and Gatineau to have the information you need to decide for yourself.   

Circumcision for Infants  

Circumcision is most commonly performed on newborn boys. Although circumcision can be done at any age, most parents choose to have it done within the first month after birth because healing is typically faster and easier at this time. Doctors use a local anesthetic to numb the area before removing the foreskin. Following the procedure, the wound will need to be protected from rubbing against the baby’s diaper. It takes about a week for the wound to heal. Applying petroleum jelly and gauze on the wound while it heals protects the incision and avoids discomfort.  

Talk to an experienced doctor about baby circumcision in Ottawa and Gatineau to understand the benefits and risks for your newborn son. Contact the office of Dr. Bercier for a consultation on circumcision in Ottawa and Gatineau.