What Can I Use On My 3 Yr. Old For Vaginal Itching And Redness (She Says It Hurts). I Need To Know If There Is Something To Alleviate Her Before I Take Her To The Pediatrician Tomorrow.

The first thing you need to know is why your child is facing this particular problem. This is a very unusual and uncommon problem for a child of her age to have. Please ask her as many questions as you can about it. It is possible that she may not be able to tell you anything accurately, but it is important for you to know the cause nonetheless. If your child has a urinary tract infection that has caused this problem, this is also not a very common thing. Moreover, the symptoms you have described do not jibe with the common symptoms of a urinary tract infection. An accurate diagnosis will reveal if this is the case. If so, you can take some easy measures to take care of it at home. One of the best ways to take care of the problem of a mild infection is to apply fresh and cool yogurt to the area. This will provide relief from the itching and will also make her feel better. Apart from which, the live and active bacteria present in yogurt will work to destroy any surface infection as well.

For momentary relief, you can apply a cold ice pack to her vagina. This will provide relief by numbing the area and the cool temperature will also soothe the child. Another reason for this problem could also be lack of proper cleaning habits. Mark the way you clean your child. The best way to clean is always to wipe the vagina from the front to back. This will automatically take dirt and fluids away and not result in any infectious problem like the one you have described. You should also make it a point to wash her vagina out with soap and water at least twice a day. Failing this, you will see that such problems occur regularly, rather than rarely. You should also make her wear only pure cotton underwear, as this will not allow any germs to settle on her pubic area. You will know if she is in any discomfort by monitoring if she scratches herself. If this is the case, then you know that there is a problem brewing. If the problem looks like it is recurring, you can also take to cleaning your daughter's vagina with a diluted mixture of organic apple cider vinegar and water. Use equal parts of both for best results. You should keep a closer eye on her as well.

answered by M W

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