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If something is left in the vagina for too long, it can cause pain and irritation. In adolescents and teens, this may be a tampon or a birth control device. In younger children, it could be toilet paper, small toys, or other objects from around the house.
Something left in the vagina for too long can also cause an infection. This can cause vaginal bleeding or discharge. There may also be a bad smell.
After the object is taken out, symptoms usually go away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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