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Vaginitis In Children



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.

Common signs and symptoms of vaginitis:

  • Pain, itching, redness, burning, or swelling in your child's vagina
  • An odor from your child's vagina that may be foul or smell like fish
  • Thick, curd-like discharge
  • Thin, gray-white discharge
  • Small skin tears or chafing
  • Pain when your child urinates


may include 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.

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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