Hi, I got my little boy done yesterday. He was 8 days old. It was emotionally hard (for me) coz he was so upset but he didn't take long to calm down (with a feed). I know it sounds barbaric to do but I really do feel it is for the best when it comes to hygiene etc. I really do not want to be asking him when he is 10 years old "are you cleaning it properly?" I don't really think that is appropriate.
They say that majority of boys don't get it done now, but, that can change once they see the potential problems from that later in life. I mean, there are so many 'new' things on the medical market, when it comes to ideas on things and new drugs etc, that are safe and recommended to take, only to find out when it has had more time to prove itself that it is harmful and dangerous and best to avoid it at all costs.
I did my little boy yesterday coz I reckon it is best and less traumatic to do so when very little than when he is older. Quite a lot of older boys/toddlers end up with problems and it is very traumatic to get the problem fixed later in life. How do you know if your boy is going to be one of them with a problem? If it gets done, you know he won't have a problem. It is interesting to note that my husband did not get it done, and he in some ways wishes that he did as he reckons that it would be best to be done. He has not had any problems either.
Apparently if they are done on the 8th day, their vit k levels are at their highest, and for some reason or other they feel the least amount of pain - so to do on the 8th day is not a bad thing if anyone is out there contemplating it.
Linda (Jessica 3/4/03, Caleb 11/4/05)