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Newborn Circumcision Clinic

About us

The Newborn Circumcision Clinic performs circumcisions on infants up to eight weeks of age.  

Contact us

If you are calling to inquire about your child’s appointment, call 416-813-8286. You may need to leave a message due to the high volumes of calls received. If you leave a message, you can expect to hear back from us within 24 hours.

Clinic/registration location

Register for your appointment at Clinic Registration near the Atrium entrance on Elizabeth Street. Arrive early so you have enough time to register. The Urology Clinic is located at 555 University Avenue, the Atrium, Fifth Floor, Unit D (5D).  Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Take the Atrium elevators to the 5th floor and look for unit D.

When visiting SickKids an identification (ID) band will be placed on your child and must be worn on their arm or ankle at all times. To ensure your child is receiving the right care during their stay, the care team will use the ID band to check their name, date of birth and medical record number. If your child is sleeping, we’ll make sure to scan the ID band quickly and quietly so that we don’t disturb your child.  

The ID band is made of soft, latex-free material. There are two colours of ID bands: a black ID band indicates that your child has an allergy and a white ID band indicates there is no allergy. The allergy is not printed on the ID band, the care team will review the allergy in our electronic health record.

If your child’s ID band has fallen off or the information is incorrect, be sure to tell your care team. If they are not wearing an ID band or if they have the wrong one, it can lead to errors or delays that can result in the wrong care for your child.

Staff will always look at or scan the ID band before providing care to your child. This may involve

  • Asking parents or patients for two patient identifiers, such as the patient's full name and date of birth;
  • Scanning a barcode on the ID band to confirm the patient’s identity; or
  • Looking at the information on the ID band.

If you or your child are sick before your appointment

A $100 cancellation fee is charged to your credit card for cancellations within 48 hours of the procedure.

Call the clinic if you or your child have had a cold, cough, diarrhea, fever or rash within two days of your appointment, or have been sick with or exposed to chicken pox in the last three weeks. Your appointment may need to be rescheduled. 

Tell the clerk, nurse or doctor if your child has been in a hospital outside of Canada within the last 12 months. 

If you cannot come to your child’s appointment, it is important that you call the clinic as soon as possible to cancel and reschedule.

Be on time

Please arrive 45 minutes before the procedure.

If you are late, you may have to wait for other patients to be seen first. Allow lots of time to get to the hospital. It can take some time to get used to finding your way around and it is important to be on time for your child’s appointment. Staff will try to see your child as close to your appointment time as possible. Please understand that some patients being seen ahead of you may need more time than expected, and this can cause delay for others.

Bring the following

  • Your child’s Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card
  • Your appointment card or letter
  • Any medical information, such as referral letters, test results, information about current therapies, X-rays or CT scans
  • All medications your child is currently taking (in original packaging)
  • All alternative and complementary treatments -- or a list of – you child is currently taking
  • Your child’s Newborn Evaluation Form signed by the hospital where you delivered your baby or by midwife

Sometimes there is a wait. Remember to bring toys, books, nut-free snacks, diapers and formula to keep your child comfortable and occupied.

Circumcision procedures are not covered under OHIP. The SickKids Circumcision Clinic provides procedures at a cost of $399.99 plus taxes. Payment by VISA or MasterCard is required prior to the procedure. During the consultation with the surgeon on the day of procedure, if for any reason it is deemed that the procedure cannot go ahead as planned, an $80 consultation fee will be charged to your credit card.

Important pre-appointment instructions

Please ensure your son is bathed prior to your appointment.  You must bring your Newborn Evaluation Form signed by the hospital where you delivered your baby.

Try not to bring other children to the appointment

If other children must come, please consider taking them to the PlayPark during your visit. It is located on the Main Floor of the Atrium, next to the parking elevators. All children over 2 ½ years of age are welcome. Trained staff and volunteers will watch your children carefully. You do not need to book in advance to use the PlayPark. The PlayPark number is 416-813-8884.

Latex allergy

Call the clinic before coming to the hospital if you, your child or anyone coming with them has a known or suspected allergy to latex.


All visitor entrances on the Main Floor are wheelchair accessible. SickKids has several wheelchair-accessible washrooms on the Main Floor and gender-neutral washrooms throughout the hospital. Both male and female washrooms in the Atrium have large change tables where children and teens can have diapers changed. There is another private wheelchair-accessible washroom with a large change table on the Service Floor of the Black Wing in Room S213, across the hall from Rehabilitation Services. Wheelchairs are available near the Atrium and University Avenue entrances.

Assistance dogs for children, parents or caregivers with disabilities are allowed at SickKids. Please make sure they are clean and have up-to-date immunizations.

Interpreter Services

If you require our free Interpreter Services, please call the clinic before your appointment so we can arrange for a interpreter. Please give us at least 24 to 48 hours' notice to make it easier for us to find an interpreter for you.

What to expect during your visit

When you arrive on Unit 5D unit your baby’s, the first thing you will do is give the registration form to the unit clerk. You will then be seated in the waiting area. Your baby’s name will be called and you will be taken to the clinic room. You and your baby will meet a urology fellow and a registered nurse. Before circumcision, the doctor who will perform the procedure will speak with you. This is a discussion of the reasons for circumcision, the benefits, risks and alternatives, and ensures that you understand what will happen during the procedure. You will have lots of time to ask questions.

You should discuss what pain control measures will be used during and after the procedure. Your doctor may use a local anesthetic. Swaddling, oral sugar solutions or acetaminophen (Tylenol) may be given as well, but should not be used as the primary method of pain relief.

To perform the procedure, the doctor places the baby on a special table and cleans the baby's penis and foreskin. First, the baby gets medicine so he won’t feel pain. This might be a cream on the skin or a needle into the base of the penis. Then they use special tools to cut off the foreskin. The doctor completes the procedure by wrapping a bandage (called gauze) around the baby’s penis to protect it from rubbing against the diaper.

The baby may cry during the procedure and for a short while afterward. Local anesthesia can greatly reduce your baby's discomfort.

The procedure takes about 15 to 30 minutes.

Your doctor or nurse will give you instructions on how to care for your child after the surgery. It is important that you follow those instructions carefully.

More information:

Division of Urology