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Vulvovaginitis in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is vulvovaginitis?

Vulvovaginitis is an infection of the vulva (outer genitals) and vagina. The most common causes are bacteria, a virus, fungus, or pinworms. Vulvovaginitis is more common in girls who have not reached puberty. Before puberty, girls do not have pubic hair to prevent germs from entering the vagina. Abnormal vaginal development can also cause vulvovaginitis.

What are the signs and symptoms of vulvovaginitis?

How is vulvovaginitis treated?

Your child may be given medicines to treat an infection caused by bacteria or a fungus. Medicines may be given as a pill, or as a cream, gel, or tablet you insert into her vagina.

How can I help my child manage her symptoms?

How can I help my child prevent infections?

When should I call my child's doctor?

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