Itching, redness, and swelling of the skin of the vagina and the surrounding area (vulva) is a common problem in girls before the age of puberty. Vaginal discharge may also be present. The color, smell, and consistency of the discharge can vary depending on the cause of the problem.
Common causes of vaginal itching and discharge in young girls include:
To prevent and treat vaginal irritation, your child should:
Teach your child to keep the genital area clean and dry. She should:
Your child should:
Do not try to remove any foreign object from a child's vagina. You may push the object back farther or injure your child by mistake. Take the child to a health care provider right away for removal.
Call your call your child's health care provider right away if:
Also call if:
The health care provider will examine your child and may do a pelvic exam. You will be asked questions to help diagnose the cause of your vaginal itching. Tests may be done to find the cause.
Your health care provider may recommend drugs, such as:
Pruritus vulvae; Itching - vaginal area; Vulvar itching
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Davis AJ, Katz VL. Pediatric and adolescent gynecology: Gynecologic examination, infections, trauma, pelvic mass, precocious puberty. In: Lentz GM, Lobo RA, Gershenson DM, Katz VL, eds. Comprehensive Gynecology. 6th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2012:chap 12.
Updated by: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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