In the "other forum" we read:
Working in a hospital could lead one to conclude health problems of every conceivable kind are common -- everyone you meet has one! It says absolutely nothing about how common any particular problem might be.I also experienced many boys having to have it done later in life due to infection when working in a children's hospital. (emphasis added)
Well, circumcision for balanoposthitis (inflammation of the foreskin and/or glans) is uncommon, to say the least. In the year to June 2008 a total of 493 boys under the age of 15 years were circumcised for this reason: that would be a total cumulative risk of 0.34%. In other words 34 boys out of 10,000 may require a circumcision later for "infection".
As usual the real reason for amputating an infant's foreskin are to be found elsewhere. This from the same post caught my eye:
The fact some mothers impose their personal sexual aesthetics on their children is no surprise. Nor is the fact they often try to disguise (even from themselves) this motive with "medical" mythologising. It's just sad.It does look better ...