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Vaginitis In Children
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Vaginitis is an inflammation or infection of your child's vagina. The most common causes are bacteria, a virus, or fungus. Chemicals in bubble baths, soaps, or perfumes can also cause vaginitis. Your child may also develop vaginitis from a foreign object in her vagina. An example is rolled up toilet paper left over from wiping.
Return to the emergency department if:
- Your child has unusual vaginal bleeding.
- Your child has severe abdominal pain.
Contact your child's healthcare provider if:
- Your child has a fever.
- Your child has abdominal pain.
- Your child's symptoms get worse, even after treatment.
- Your child's symptoms return after treatment.
- You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.
Your child may need any of the following:
- Antifungals are used to treat a fungal infection. They are usually given as a cream or gel.
- Antibiotics are used to fight an infection caused by bacteria.
- Give your child's medicine as directed. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him or her if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Help your child manage vaginitis:
- Have your child use a sitz bath to ease her symptoms. A sitz bath is a portable tub that fits into the toilet basin. She can also soak in a bathtub that has 4 to 6 inches of warm water. Have your child stay in the sitz bath or tub for 15 to 20 minutes. Ask her healthcare provider how often to do this.
- Do not let your child use irritating products in her vagina. Examples include bubble baths and perfumed soaps. The vagina is delicate and easily irritated.
- Do not let your child wear tight-fitting clothes or undergarments. These can make her symptoms worse.
Help your child prevent vaginitis:
- Have your child wash her vagina each day. Use mild soap and warm water. Help your younger child if needed. The area should be gently dried or left to air dry after washing.
- Teach your child to wipe from front to back after she urinates or has a bowel movement. This will prevent germs from getting into your child's vagina.
Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.