Vaginitis in Children: Care Instructions

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Vaginitis is soreness or infection of your child's vagina. This common problem can cause itching and burning. Or there may be a change in vaginal discharge.

In children, vaginitis is most often caused by chemicals found in bath products, soaps, and perfumes. It can also be caused by bacteria, yeast, or other germs.

Not washing the vaginal area, wearing tight clothing, or being sexually abused may also make vaginitis more likely.

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?

  • Have your child wash her vaginal area daily with water.
  • Be sure your child does not use vaginal sprays or douches.
  • Put a face cloth soaked in cool water on the area to relieve itching. Or have your child take cool baths.
  • Don't use laundry soap that is scented. Be sure your child does not use toilet paper, bubble bath, or other bath products that are scented.
  • Be sure your child wears cotton underwear. Have her avoid wearing tight clothes.
  • Be sure your child knows to wipe from front to back after going to the washroom.
  • Make sure your child takes off her wet bathing suit as soon as possible.
  • If the doctor prescribed medicine, have your child take it exactly as prescribed. Call your doctor or nurse call line if you think your child is having a problem with her medicine.

When should you call for help?

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

Where can you learn more?

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

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