The answer most doctors give is affirmative: until a certain time it should be so. This condition is called physiological phimosis.
The age at which the discovery should occur is determined by nature. The main thing is that this should happen before puberty, that is, up to 14–16 years.
However, many doctors are rushing to conclusions and often recommend circumcision (circumcision) as early as infancy for the purpose of special prevention. They often motivate their decision by the fact that dirt accumulates under the foreskin, which can cause inflammation.
Inflammation can actually occur, and already at an early age. If the foreskin is inflamed because of microorganisms, doctors talk about balanitis, and if the head of the penis is inflamed at the same time, balanopostitis is inflamed. This usually happens if there are adhesions between the inner sheet of the foreskin and the skin of the head, the so-called synechiae.
By the way, quite often they appear after an ill-considered attempt to open the head of the penis. And these are not the most innocent consequences of medical haste.
If there were no valid indications for the procedure, it may not bring any result at all, and sometimes scars remain after it – the result of rupture of unprepared tissue of the foreskin, which can only be removed surgically.
When inflammation of the foreskin appears swelling, redness with a bluish tinge, purulent discharge. The fight against ailment is reduced to a simple reception: after each trip to the toilet “in a small way” the baby’s penis should be lowered into a weak solution of potassium permanganate for a few minutes. When inflammation subsides, consult a doctor.
He may consider it necessary to open the head of the penis to the boy before the time measured by nature. By the way, only the appearance of inflammation can be a reasoned reason for surgical intervention.
Each link of our body performs some function, which means that for some reason we need. However, not all doctors share this opinion.
Not so long ago in the USA, experts decided to cut off the foreskin for hygienic purposes to all newborns. Doctors around the world still remember how similar experiments were performed on the appendix. There was a time when he was cut out by barely born children.
However, experience has shown that the appendix is not at all an extra cog. Another thing, if inflammation (appendicitis) has started – then there is every reason to have an operation.
The same applies to the foreskin. In addition, studies have shown: the probability of inflammation does not depend on whether the boy has it or not.
There is only one conclusion: no need to resort to extreme measures without medical evidence or religious reasons.