Object in a Child's Vagina: Care Instructions

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Your Care Instructions

If something is left in the vagina for too long, it can cause pain and irritation. In older girls, this may be a tampon or a birth control device. In younger girls, 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 call line 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.

How can you care for your child at home?

  • If the doctor prescribed antibiotics for your child, give them as directed. Do not stop using them just because your child feels better. Your child needs to take the full course of antibiotics.
  • Do not have your child use a douche or vaginal wash unless your doctor tells you to.
  • Talk to your child about how to prevent future problems. For example, she should change a tampon at least every 4 to 8 hours.

When should you call for help?

Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • Your child has a fever.
  • Your child has new or worse pain.

Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:

  • Your child has vaginal bleeding.
  • Your child has vaginal discharge.
  • Your child does not get better as expected.

Where can you learn more?

Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd

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