V.P. asks from Louisville, OH on September 20, 2008
4 1/2 Year Old Daughter Often Red and Sore Vaginal Area
My 4 1/2 year old daughter has been complaining that her "private area" is sore, and when I look at her, it is very red. She is also going to the bathroom very often, more than usual, and I'm not sure if they are related. I did take her to the doctor to rule out a bladder or UT infection, neither of which she has. The doctor did give me a steriod cream, which frankly, I'm afraid to use on her. i've been using Pinxsav, which seems to help short-term, but it always comes back. Any suggestions? It is becomming frustrating for us both.
A.K. answers from Indianapolis on September 26, 2008
Yeap, my daughter had the problem as well. She's always been real sensitive to detergents and various soaps. The solution, find the soap that doesn't irriate (Dove for us) and ONLY TAKE SHOWERS! Sitting in the water makes it worse. Also, my daughter was wiping incorrectly, so had more problems after going #2... so watch that as well. I did take my daughter to the doctor and they prescribed a cream...but the main thing for us was switching to showers only.
L.C. answers from Columbus on September 22, 2008
My daughter had the same problem when she was young. Never found the cause but did discover Northern Bathroom Tissue was the only thing she could use that did not irritate. It cleared up and only came back if I changed brands. Today she's 19 and doesnt' have that problem anymore. Good luck!
D.T. answers from Indianapolis on September 21, 2008
My 3.5 year old daughter gets red and irritated down there alot, too. The doctor told me it's VERY common in little girls (he ruled out any UTI or bladder infection or yeast infection or anything like that). He just said to make sure she's wiping well and maybe use those flushable toddler wipes instead of toilet paper for awhile. He said to help her wipe and maybe 're-learn' how to do it to make sure it's done completely and front-to-back each time. Her problem was kind of intermittent and after that trip to the doctor's it went away in a day or so and hasn't come back (been 3 weeks now). I just make sure she is wiped good each time she pees or poops.
Oh yeah... try taking showers instead of baths. If she does take a bath (no bubble baths!!!) get her out of the tub quickly as soon as she's clean. Sitting in the soapy water can make it worse.
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D.F. answers from Cleveland on September 23, 2008
I took my daughter to the ER last Spring for the same problem. She was holding her pee and crying because it hurt so bad. Same symptoms as your daughter...red area. The doctor in the ER said that she had a staph infection which is common among children. And that her "private area" inside was red and swollen and appeared to be a strep infection! They gave me an antibiotic cream (if I remember correctly) and an oral medicine for her and it cleared her right up! I hope this helps.
S.F. answers from Columbus on September 21, 2008
Have they checked her blood sugar to make sure she is not a diabetic. This could cause the frequent urination and the sugar in the urine could be causing the irritation. Also has she been checked for yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis.
My neice had a lot of yeast infections for the first 3-4 years of her life. I feel for her and for you. I know how terrible that can feel for an adult, let alone a little girl.
Just thought I would throw a couple of ideas out to you that you could ask the family doctor about. Hope this helps even a little bit.
A.C. answers from Cincinnati on September 21, 2008
Did you recently buy her new undies or change your detergent? It could be an allergic reaction to something. Maybe try sensitive skin detergent for now & put a little vasceline on her girl parts to keep the air off it until it heals up. There is also children's benadryl. Just an idea. Good luck to you & your little girl. Poor thing's gotta be miserable.
J.C. answers from Cleveland on September 22, 2008
Hi V.! I wonder if maybe she isn't wiping herself enough or is possibly leaking urine that may be sitting on her skin, causing it to be red and irritated. Maybe have her use a baby wipe, then TP to clean herself after she goes to the bathroom to make sure all of the urine is cleaned off. I would put a little neosporin on it to help heal the skin and also as a barrier from the wetness. Good luck!
D.G. answers from Cleveland on September 21, 2008
Do you use bubble bath or body wash??? My niece had a similar reaction, my sister stopped with the bubble bath and went back to using "baby" wash and everything cleared up.
M.N. answers from Columbus on September 21, 2008
Is she wiping after she pees? My 2 year old daughter always gets red when she doesn't wipe very well after she goes to the bathroom.
A.W. answers from Columbus on September 20, 2008
I don't know if this has anything to do with her problem, but make sure she is wiping the correct way front to back. I noticed when my daughter was red and sore she was wiping from back to front, one introducing new bacteria to the area, and two she doesn't seem to get herself dry enough.
I would use the steriod cream for a day or so just to make her more comfortable. Long term I would be a little concerned.