It appears they have edited the online version of their statement, removing the erroneous retraction advice and replacing it with a short blurb on being "uncircumcised."
Also note that Brother K has organized a rally on October 1st! Please join us in front of The St. Louis Children's Hospital to spread awareness in a sorely needed area. Missouri circumcision rate remains one of the highest in the country and with hospitals and doctors like this, it's no wonder! Rally details here:
Take a look at what a large hospital is mailing to its local residents under the guise of helpful parenting advice:
|Thank you to reader Eileen C from St. Louis, MO, who shared this with me!)|
To add to the gravity, the beloved AAP which is cited several times in this small article is suddenly ignored at the end. Even the AAP has basic guidelines on caring for foreskins. You can read their statement here:
"Most boys will be able to retract their foreskins by the time they are 5 years old, yet others will not be able to until the teen years. As a boy becomes more aware of his body, he will most likely discover how to retract his own foreskin. But foreskin retraction should never be forced. Until the foreskin fully separates, do not try to pull it back. Forcing the foreskin to retract before it is ready can cause severe pain, bleeding, and tears in the skin."
Parents: this kind of marketing to drum up circumcision business at a big hospital just goes to show that you have to be the one to take charge. Do the research. Be prepared. Don't expect hospitals and doctors to choose the health of your son over their business needs. It's still buyer beware for the consumer, even when it comes to doctors and hospitals.
More about circumcision:
How many babies must die?
Large list of circumcision links divided by topic (pain, statistics, infections, sex, etc)
Circumcision and sexual disease:
What if my son has already been retracted?
What can you do if a doctor or other medical employee harmed your son?
How to care for a boy with a normal (intact) penis: