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Deaths prompt AMA, AAP warning on infant circumcision
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The AMA and the AAP today warned parents to stop circumcising newborn boys. Over the past 13 years, AMA and the AAP have received 1351 reports of infants under the age of 1 month who died from complications of circumcision surgery.
Most of the infants died due to septicemia and excess blood loss. In addition to the reported deaths, AAP has received thousands of reports of infants who experienced non-fatal complications from the surgery.
“The deaths and complications resulting from circumcision surgeries are serious concerns to the AAP,” said AAP Chairman Jane Scranton. “We urge parents and caregivers to take our warning seriously and stop consenting to non-therapeutic infant circumcision, so that children can remain healthy, with intact genitalia.”
Surgical practitioners typically claim that circumcision improves hygiene in males and reduces the risk of contracting UTIs, penile cancer and sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV infection. The AMA/AAP has never recommended circumcision in infants in order to prevent or reduce the risk of HIV. In addition, the AMA/AAP agree that there is no consensus among medical professionals around the world that demonstrates that the potential reduction in penile/urinary health problems outweighs the risks of circumcisions done in the newborn period.
“To date, there is no scientifically sound evidence that the potential benefits of non-therapeutic circumcision outweigh the risks,” said Dr. Joshua Goldberg, AMA Principal Deputy Commissioner and a pediatrician. “We want to make sure parents, health care professionals, and childcare providers understand the potential risk of circumcision and stop consenting to the procedure.”
Circumcision is also typically claimed to provide the following benefits: improved hygiene, protection from phimosis, reduced risk of urinary tract infection and STIs. In light of the new safety data, AMA believes any benefit from the procedure to prevent childhood infections (which are less invasively treated with antibiotics) or STD infections (which are not typically contracted until after infancy) is outweighed by the risk in the newborn period of surgical complications.
AMA and the AAP are warning parents and child care providers to:
• STOP performing and consenting to infant circumcision. Circumcising a male infant for other than therapeutic reasons is dangerous and unnecessary.
• NEVER expose newborn infants to unnecessary surgical procedures or misinformed medical practitioners who may subject young males to iatrogenic injury of the foreskin.
• ALWAYS teach male children about safe sex practices at the age appropriate time. Additionally, practice proper penile hygiene which includes washing it like a finger with warm water only. To reduce the risk of injury and infection, the AAP recommends that the retraction of the foreskin is unnecessary and that it is normal for it not to completely retract until puberty. The AMA recommends the use of condoms to reduce the risk of STDs.
The American Academy of Pediatrics does not support the use of circumcision in infants to prevent HIV infection in adults.
Practitioners of circumcision who do not use adequate anesthesia should stop offering the service until they submit, and the AMA clears, appropriate medical consent review submissions, including necessary guidelines for the use of anesthesia and safety and effectiveness data.
The AMA has informed circumcision providers of the agency’s serious concern and has requested that they submit clinical data showing the benefits of the procedure outweigh the risk of death or other serious complications.
Prompt reporting of adverse events can help the AMA, AAP, and the FDA (who regulate surgical tools used in infant circumcision procedures) identify and better understand the risks associated with circumcision. If your child has had complications from circumcision surgery, the agencies encourage you to file a report through FDA’s MedWatch program, at
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Parody: This press relief is a parody of numerous warnings published in recent years by the AAP, FDA and the CPSC over childhood hazards like playground equipment, bassinets, drop-side cribs, sleep-positioners and hotdogs. None of these childhood hazards result in as many deaths as non-therapeutic infant circumcision yet we are strongly urged to protect our children from them by federal agencies.