Vaginitis in Childrenenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/KH_generic_header_05_2.jpgVaginitis is redness, soreness, or swelling in and around the vagina. It's common in girls of all ages, and usually can be treated at home.vaginitis, yeast infection, discharge, vaginitis in children, vaginitis in girls, puberty, redness, soreness, swelling, vaginal discharge, sitz baths, baths, bathing, hygiene, hygeine, personal hygiene, stds, pinworms, UTIs, urinary tract, trich, yeast infections, strep, bacteria, germs, sexual abuse, child abuse, vaginal infection, gyn, 01/29/202002/06/202002/06/2020Mary L. Gavin, MD02/01/202008a27b27-1aa6-4f11-a075-cb62981459b5https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vaginitis.html/<h3>What Is Vaginitis?</h3> <p>Vaginitis is redness, soreness, or swelling in and around the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/female-reproductive-system.html/">vagina</a>. The vulva (the area around the opening of the vagina) also might be irritated.</p> <h3>What Are the Signs &amp; Symptoms of Vaginitis?</h3> <p>Often, girls with vaginitis (va-jih-NYE-tiss) have:</p> <ul> <li>itching, burning, or pain</li> <li>redness, soreness, or swelling around the opening to the vagina</li> <li>discharge (fluid) coming from the vagina, or stains on their underpants</li> </ul> <h3>What Causes Vaginitis?</h3> <p>Vaginitis is common in girls of all ages. Before <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/understanding-puberty.html/">puberty</a>, the lining of the vagina and the skin of the vulva are very thin. Soap, laundry detergent, fabric softener, tight clothing, wet diapers or swimsuits, sand, and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/germs.html/">germs</a> can bother this area, leading to vaginitis.</p> <p>Vaginitis can happen when girls don't clean themselves well after using the toilet. Getting a little piece of toilet paper or something else gets stuck in the vagina also can cause it.</p> <h3>How Is Vaginitis Diagnosed?</h3> <p>Doctors usually can diagnose vaginitis in children by doing an exam of the area with a parent or chaperone in the room and asking about symptoms. They might send a sample of the fluid for testing if the vaginitis may be due to an infection or if symptoms do not get better after treatment.</p> <h3>How Is Vaginitis Treated?</h3> <p>Most girls can treat vaginitis with sitz baths.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 1em;">To do this, girls should:</span></p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Sit in a tub of plain (not soapy) warm water.</li> <li>Spread their legs so the water cleans the vaginal area.</li> <li>Soak for 10 to 15 minutes.</li> <li>Pat the vaginal area dry with a clean towel.</li> </ul> <p>They also should avoid irritating soaps, chemicals, and tight-fitting clothing.</p> <h3>Can Vaginitis Be Prevented?</h3> <p>These bathing tips can help the irritation get better and protect girls from getting vaginitis again:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Don't use bubble bath.</li> <li>Don't use soap in the vaginal area.</li> <li>Use soap and shampoo at the end of the bath and don't sit in water with soap or shampoo in it.</li> <li>Rinse the vaginal area off with plain water at the end of the shower or bath.</li> </ul> <p>Other things to help prevent vaginitis:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Avoid tight clothing such as tights, leotards, and leggings.</li> <li>Don't sit in a wet swimsuit for long periods for time.</li> <li>Wear white cotton underpants.</li> <li>Wash underpants with a mild detergent without fabric softener, rinse twice to get all the soap out, and dry without dryer sheets.</li> <li>Sleep in a nightgown or loose pajama pants without underpants so air can move freely around the vaginal area during sleep.</li> <li>Wipe from front to back after a bowel movement.</li> </ul> <h3>What Else Should I Know?</h3> <p>Poor hygiene and irritation are the most common reasons girls get vaginitis. But sometimes it can be a sign of:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pinworm.html/">pinworms</a></li> <li>a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/yeast-infection.html/">yeast infection</a>. These are uncommon before puberty, but may happen if a girl has been on antibiotics or has a weak <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/immune.html/">immune system</a>.</li> <li>strep (the same bacteria that causes <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/strep-throat.html/">strep throat</a>) or other <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/germs.html/">germs</a></li> <li>an <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/talk-child-stds.html/">STD (sexually transmitted disease)</a>. An STD before puberty may be a sign of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/child-abuse.html/">child abuse</a>.</li> </ul> <p>Doctors will prescribe medicine to treat specific vaginal infections. If they find an STD, they will report suspected abuse to the local child protection agency.</p>
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