and well-being of children and youth
Sep 8 2015
OTTAWA— In an updated statement released today, the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) continues to recommend against the routine circumcision of newborn males.
Recent evidence about the potential benefit of circumcision in preventing urinary tract infections and some sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, prompted the CPS to undertake a review of the current medical literature. The CPS reviewed the evidence to ensure that the recommendations were made as they relate to the needs and well-being of Canadian children.
“While there may be a benefit for some boys in high risk populations and the procedure could be considered as a treatment or to reduce disease, in most cases, the benefits of circumcision do not outweigh the risks,” said Dr. Thierry Lacaze, chair of the CPS Fetus and Newborn Committee.
The CPS emphasizes that physicians and other health care professionals should provide parents of male newborns with the most up-to-date, unbiased and personalized medical information available about neonatal circumcision, so that they can weigh the benefits and risks.
“Families need to make the best decision for their child based on their own family, religious and cultural beliefs,” said Dr. Lacaze.
The updated statement also recommends the following:
The Canadian Paediatric Society is a national advocacy association that promotes the health needs of children and youth. Founded in 1922, the CPS represents more than 3,000 paediatricians, paediatric subspecialists and other child health professionals across Canada.
Last updated: Sep 8 2015