A new study shows that more than 6 percent of parents wait until after a month of age to circumcise their babies.
Delaying circumcision increases both the cost and the risk to your child. The average cost of a circumcision for a newborn under a month of age is $285, but the cost rises to $1885 if over a month of age, due to the fact that general anesthesia is required. This means your baby will be put to sleep, and the procedure will be done in an operating room.
The anesthesia also poses an increased risk to the child, compared to the local anesthesia a newborn likely receives. So if you are thinking about circumcising your baby, be sure to talk to your pediatrician or OB before the baby is born about any questions or concerns you may have.
Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, August 2019