I mostly lurk.
I am incredibly lucky that not circing was an established norm among a bunch of our friends (crunchy and non-crunchy alike) before I had DS 3 years ago and none of my friends has circed since then. I didn't try to convince anyone, but I am very vocal about the path we took to leaving our son intact, and I am a very vocal person.
I have ended up in a good, but vague convo about circ with a dear friend who is planning on doing it. Since this is an issue I am really passionate about it has been really cool to have the opportunity to discuss it with someone who is planning on doing it but is open to exploring the issue. I realize that I am equipped, having worked through my issues surrounding circ and my husband's issues, to see the "other" side and therefor have a heart-felt response for it. In other words, if someone is worried about cleaning it, I can relate and talk about how I was worried about that and go on to describe my experience having to do absolutely nothing etc. Am I making sense so far?
There is one thing I don't understand and I am not sure I am willing to Google "pro-circumcision arguments" or whatever to find out. I think it's a common stated reason for RIC: better do it to a baby than later when it would be a more involved procedure and require general anesthesia. My understanding of infant foreskin function/anatomy vs older child/adult function/anatomy leads me to conclude that circumcising a baby is a much more traumatic procedure than circumcising an older boy/man...if circumcision can ever be "less traumatic" my point is, I could easily argue against the "less traumatic" part, even if I'm actually wrong!?? Anyway, it's the anesthesia thing that confounds me...
Why is it considered okay to perform circ without GA on a newborn. I don't think it's okay. Why is it considered okay? I have some ideas but they are pretty hysterical, or would come off that way, frankly. I want the official, medical rationale.
Are there other procedures that can be done sans anesthesia on babies that can't be done without going under at 1 year of age? I can't think of one off the top of my head. I feel like I have heard of botched circumcisions being fixed under general at a few months of age...what are the guidelines for the use of general anesthesia for penis surgery or any other procedure?
Discussing adequate pain control for babies is a very triggery, emotionally charged issue for me, I wonder if I am missing the obvious because of my issues.