Post # 1
My daughter is 3 1/2 years old. She has recently begun complaining that her “coochie” hurts. She’s also had a lot of redness down there, and then today I found a yellowish discharge in her panties. I am concerned. I plan to call her doctor tomorrow, but I was wondering if anyone else has any experience with this? I would so appreciate some advice or insight! Thanks, bees.
Post # 3
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@HeyKaraoke: Maybe she has a yeast infection. I’m pretty sure that can happen in little kids too. Thrush. She may be wiping back to front and giving herself yeast/UTI
Post # 4
Could be a thrush infection, which is MOST of the time an immune system issue/vaginal pH issue. Is she taking enough Vit C? And as a PP posted, she might be wiping back to front (which is a DEFINITE no-no).
Post # 5
@HeyKaraoke: She could have over active yeast! I get yeast infections alot due to diabetes but there are lots of women who get them without having diabetes. The yellow discharge is what is leading me to think yeast.
When she says it hurts does she mean burns/itches? If so, for the mean time you can get her some rash medicine for down there until you get her in to the doctor.
Post # 6
@HeyKaraoke: When my step daughter was little she loved bubble baths but ended up having problems that sound a lot like what your little one is going through. Turns out it was the bubbles. Now she can only use hypo allergenic soap.
Post # 7
My best friends daughter had issues with yeast infections & couldn’t take baths because of it. What you’re describing sounds alot like what she dealt with. Around the same age too.
Post # 8
She may be sensitive to laundry detergents, bubble bath kind of stuff etc ?! and maybe a yeast infection? Has she taken any antibiotics recently or new meds?
Post # 9
I don’t have children, but I was terrible about getting UTI’s as a child. Anything scented would give me a UTI (even bubble bath). Could she have used bubble bath, scented lotion, etc?
Post # 10
My daughter had this same problem and after many doctors visits and a coloscopy, we found out why. Bubble baths! The doctor said that sitting in a bath full of bubbles causes yeast infections over a period of time. I even got a shower sprayer for her. When she takes a bath, I wait till she is finished playing and then empty out all the water from the tub, wash her, and then spray her down with her special shower head. She no longer takes bubble baths and her yeast infections have disappeared. Also, make sure she is wiping properly after using the potty. The flushable wipes or even baby wipes help with this.
Post # 11
I agree with PP; sounds like a yeast infection. But definitely take her to a doc!
Post # 12
Thanks so much for your replies, bees! She doesn’t take bubblebaths as we ONLY have a showerhead in our tub (no faucet). She does take baths (I just fill the tub using the showerhead), but I don’t put bubblebath in them, so the water is clean when I wash her. She uses a hypoallergenic 3-in-1 shampoo/conditioner/body wash. It IS scented, but we’ve been using the same type for a while with no issues. I like the idea of soaping and rinsing her with fresh water from the shower head. I will probably start doing that just to be on the safe side.
I supervise all bathroom wiping so I’m 99% sure it’s not from wiping back-to-front. My Fiance did point out that sometimes she will scratch at her butt and then “explore” her front side, which I’ve been assured is normal for her age, so perhaps that is the problem.
I really appreciate all the quick replies! As a mom I can’t help but worry like crazy whenever the slightest thing goes wrong so having everyone’s insight really means a lot to me 🙂 Thank you!
Post # 13
For a young girl, prob the most common cause is irritant vaginitis — like the ladies above have said, irritation from either soap/bubble bath or even urine. Just in case, I’d start taking sitz baths (either just warm water or a little epson salt water) for 10-15 min once or twice a day until you see the doc – can’t hurt. Just have it enough to cover her bottom half and have her sit with her legs wide open. Girls can also commonly get strep infections down there (just like strep throat), especially if the rash is around her anus as well. Best to have a doc look at it to figure it out.
Post # 14
I had sort of similar problems with soap and bubbles as a kid. I also have nanny’ed for little girls with similar problems. It sounds like you’re being careful washing her, so I would take her to the doctor just in case. But also, not to be weird, but maybe let her wait a little bit before getting dressed after the bath. Making sure that they air dried then putting on child safe ointment (externally obviously) also helped the little girl I knew.
Post # 15
I agree that bubble baths can cause this problem… hope you can get this solved soon!
Post # 16
@bells: YES! I had this problem and still do!