4 Year Old Vagina Hurting

Updated on October 13, 2010
M.L. asks from Tarpon Springs, FL
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Hi moms, I am hoping you can help me! For the past month, my daughter has been off and on complaining of her vagina hurting. Sometimes when I check, it's red, and I look in and see toilet paper in there so we wipe really good, then have a talk about the proper wiping of her vagina and it's fine. The past couple days she has complained and there is no redness, no toilet paper in there, nothing. I asked her to point to exactly where it hurts and she points toward the top, not inside and also says it tingly. She says it does not hurt her to go to the bathroom. I am going to take her to the doctor, but she was traumatized on a recent visit, (long story, a doctor filling in made her ear bleed, no damage besides emotional done and it would not be the same doctor) so I want to be upfront with her about what is going to happen there. What are the doctor's going to do? Any ideas of what it could be?

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Thank you everyone for the input! We are going to try switching TP brands and soaking in baking soda and everything else before I take her to the doctor. She also does gymnastics once a week, so she could have possibly fallen on it, although I don't see any bruising and haven't felt any bumps either. Amy- my daughter "holds" her vagina in her hand and wants to pick at it too during these times! Whats a mom to do? :)

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answers from Minneapolis on

My daughter has the same problem. I took her to the dr and he said she is probably just not wiping good enough, or even over wiping and drying it out. Whenever this happens to her I put a little A & D ointments on her and that seems to help. Sometimes it takes a day or two, but eventually she stops complaining.

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answers from Orlando on

My now seven year old still has the same problem if she takes a bath several nights in a row combined with washing her hair in the tub. She is highly sensitive to any and all shampoos/conditioners/baby wash. She knows this and will shower instead.
Good luck with the dr. visit.

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answers from Houston on

My sister is allergic to Charmin TP....of course we are grown women and can figure this out..she also has a hard time with "store brands"....along with proper wiping technics, perhaps see if its the TP itself.

GL :)

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answers from Las Vegas on

I wonder if it could be a topical yeast infection. If that's the case, just go to your local drug store and by some monistat and apply it to the area for 5 to 7 days and make sure that the area stays clean and dry. If that doesn't appear to be the problem, check to see if there's a bump or the area appears to be inflamed. Possibly it's a cyst of some sort.

Hope you are able to find the answer to your medical mystery soon.

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answers from Boca Raton on

Hi! Well, I have no answer, but thank you for posting this..I have been meaning to do the same. My daughter, also 4, has a similar issue. She also seems obsessed with her vagina, and often after she goes to the bathroom, she insists that she has to look at her vagina, and it is a tiny bit red..but she seems to "need" to pick at it. We have 3 cats..and don't ask me how..but sometimes there is a piece of fur there. She also says that sometimes it hurts. I have mentioned this to our pediatrician, and he says to soak her in a baking soda bath...and I feel terrible to say I have not tried it yet. Anyway, I appreciate you posting this, and am looking forward, also, to any advice.

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answers from Portland on

The tingly sensation sounds like she's fallen onto a bar such as the bar on a bicycle or on the playground. Doing so can cause a bruise and compress nerves depending on how hard the fall was.

She can be wiping to hard or too much causing the tissues to become dry or causing irritation to the tissues. She also could be sensitive to the brand of tissue that you use. I suggest trying one of the wipes designed to appeal to preschoolers. They are moist and can be less irritating. They're smaller in size than the diaper wipes. Be sure they are for sensitive skin and have no perfume.

As for the exam, the doctor will put her heels together, thus opening up the vaginal area and will take a look. I've seen my granddaughter's pediatrician do this a couple of times when my granddaughter was a toddler and a preschooler as a part of a regular exam. The doctor does it in a matter of fact way and it doesn't hurt.

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answers from Fort Myers on

one time my then 2 yr old had what I thought was a urinary tract infection and it turned out to be strep. Weird, I know. Fortunately the dr. figured it out right away. So don't wait too long after trying to other things to take her to the dr.

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