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August 23rd, 2011
red raw vagina
Just recently with in the last month, my 9 year old has started with a red itchy, and what i thought was a yeast infection. We went to the doctor, who prescribed her a cream to put on externally. (this cream could also be used for ringworm, jock itch, athletes foot-which i thought was odd) but since it seems to have gotten worse.
It is red, in some spots raw, and very itchy.... I have also noticed what looks like pimples in between her buttocks. I feel so bad for her. she says it only hurts when she itches it.
We have been switching around laundry soaps...so I guess I will start there, but I hope we can find the culprit. I hate for her to have to start school with this on her mind.
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replied June 12th, 2012
6 year old, sore vagina
I have been dealing with this problem on and off for years now with my 6 year old, although it has been worse this year than it ever has before. there is no discharge, no smell and no redness on the outside (vulva), but on close inspection it is red inside the vagina. When she has an attack of it, she wakes up practically having a fit during the night because she is in so much pain. her whole body shakes and she cries her eyes out. It is so painful to watch your child in so much pain and not know what is causing it.
she also complains of soreness and itchiness during the day sometimes. i took her to the children's emergency one night when she was 4 years old, and they just told me it was vulvovaginitis. i don't think this was a good diagnosis, as the vulva was not inflamed, it was inside the vagina that was red. so i decided it was vaginitis, which is inflammation of the vagina.
vaginitis can be caused by many things. it can be an infection or an irritation/sensitivity.
This is what i do, and what has helped us so far:
when she has an episode in the night, i.e. when she wakes up in agony, i put her straight into a lukewarm bath with a cup or so of white vinegar added to it. This seems to give her some relief. I also give her paracetamol (panadol). after patting her gently dry and letting the area air out a bit, i put some barrier cream there (sudocream). I put lots and all around the hole and everywhere. it seems to help. Then i put her back to bed and give her an icepack to put between her legs, as she says it helps a bit too. and of course i comfort her and stay with her until the pain starts to ease. she is a very heavy sleeper, so it must be very painful that it wakes her up in the night.
the other things i have done to try to eliminate other possible causes: i have bought her 100% cotton underwear, i don't use any soap products in the bath, i put a couple of handfuls of epsom bath salts in the bath, i give her a probiotic supplement on most days, i regularly give all my children worm tablets (about once a month), i have changed to soap-free laundry detergent, i get her to sleep with no underwear or pants on.....we are also careful with the wiping (i tell her to just pat it dry gently and she knows how to wipe her bottom properly) and i wipe it for her when she is at home just to make sure that this is not the cause.
we don't have juice or soda drinks in the house. recently i have been trying to cut down on the sugar intake, as i believe this could be a culprit, especially after reading all the posts here. i even spoke to all the grandparents about it, as they all like to spoil her with treats.
i have spoken to her carefully about whether anyone has ever touched her down there (as this condition can also be a result of abuse), however i am 100% certain that this has not happened after talking to her about it in a delicate manner.
i am about to see a paediatrician, as we have just had a couple of tests (a urine test and a vaginal swab) that came back negative, so there is no infection or UTI.
one of the comments i found helpful here was the one about the urologist. after talking to her about her toilet habits, i found out that there are rules in her classroom about when she is allowed to go to the toilet. i found out she was holding on all day long, because she would "forget" to go when she was supposed to and then hold it in. i think her body became so used to holding it in, she was probably causing damage to her bladder and maybe this was causing the attacks. the last time she had an attack, i found out she had not done a wee from between 10am and 6pm.....i don't know how she held on for so long, but after talking to her, i found out she was afraid to break the school rules and ask the teacher if she could go to the toilet when it wasn't the right time!
after finding this out, i wrote a long letter to the teacher (who used to be a nurse and is aware of my daughter's problem and has been trying to help us). in the letter i explained that she had been holding on all day as she was scared to get into trouble. her teacher told me that it was fine for her to go to the toilet any time and spoke to her about it at school, so she has been a much happier child since this happened.
i am still going to see the paediatrician soon. i think i will ask the paediatrician about whether we should see a urologist and i will also mention the issue of intolerance to dairy or gluten after reading the comments above.
i am amazed by how many mothers share this same problem! you would think that doctors would have more answers by now, seeing as it seems to be affecting so many young girls.
i will keep you posted if anything new comes to light after seeing the specialist.
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replied August 23rd, 2011
red raw vagina
Just recently with in the last month, my 9 year old has started with a red itchy, and what i thought was a yeast infection. We went to the doctor, who prescribed her a cream to put on externally. (this cream could also be used for ringworm, jock itch, athletes foot-which i thought was odd) but since it seems to have gotten worse.
It is red, in some spots raw, and very itchy.... I have also noticed what looks like pimples in between her buttocks. I feel so bad for her. she says it only hurts when she itches it.
We have been switching around laundry soaps...so I guess I will start there, but I hope we can find the culprit. I hate for her to have to start school with this on her mind.
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replied September 21st, 2011
Hi macmama
How is your daughter. Sorry noone replied but I also found this thread today.
My 3 and a hakf year old daughter also has a red vagina and I see her rubbing her clothes all the time. Now I was thinking of taking her to teh doctor but I will stop putting soap in teh bath. I do the washing with baking soda and I add white vinegar to my washing machine, so I hope that is not the problem I do not use laundry soap.

I know she eats too much sugar. NOt juices, but muffins and chocolate.
But what cncerns me is that she had a temperature a couple of weeks ago and now again. I wonder if can be related to the vagina or not.
I do not want to go to the doctor and tehy give em antibiotics , but not sure what to do.
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replied October 7th, 2011
Red sore vagina
My 3 year old daughter has a similar problem, being that the inside of her vagina is sore and itchy, mainly after her bath and at bedtime. I originally thought she had a yeast infection but the docs say no. I normally use soap etc in her bath so stopped it and it made no difference but the doctor has prescribed me some aqueous cream to use in the bath instead and dermol cream to use externally. I no she has alot of juice more than the average child so will cut that right back, didnt know that sugar could have such an effect!! Really glad i came on this website, has helped give a lil insight to the problem as dont seem to be getting far with the docs.
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replied November 3rd, 2011
5yr old red and sore vagina is wiping the problem?
Hello all I Googled this issue as my 5 yr old is having way too many instances where her vagina in red and sore. I figured it was from wiping too hard, not at all, or too fast as she's ready to continue doing whatever she was prior to going to the bathroom. I have her to use wet wipes at home and I've found doing so along with taking warm baths (plain water or Johnson's Baby Wash as I've used all her life) helps. Every once in a while when she returns from school or sometime during the week she'll have smelly underwear or a yellow stain in her underwear (which are always cotton). When this is evident I notice she probably is red or sore so we do a warm bath and then Vasoline on the red portions and the pain is usually gone however she is 5 and doing this has become awkward for me. As well mommy can't be everywhere and wipe her in each restroom stop so she has to learn or practice the appropriate front to back way. Every time this happens she screams to the top of her lungs saying it burns asking for Vasoline or a bath. I feel like she is old enough and should not need this treatment any help on teaching her to properly wipe herself would be great.
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replied November 23rd, 2011
Am sylvia,age 21. I have been having this serious itching on my private part for the past 6months. I have discharge that smell but don't know what to call this.pls i need your help.tanx
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replied November 27th, 2011
5yrs old w painful urination, vaginal burning and it's not a UTI
Dear Moms and Dads,
I hope this reply gets to everyone! I'll start backwards with what MAY BE the solution bc if you're on this site you are desperate for information like I was and want your baby to not be in any more pain. POSSIBLE SOLUTION: GO SEE A UROLOGIST> After 6 months of painful my vagina is burning "episodes" and seeing at least 6 different pediatricians who said it's probably bad wiping, soap in the bath water, or the detergent, a urologist believes it has nothing to do with any of those things and all to do with constipation and bladder. They said "dysfunctional elimination" can mimic the signs of an infection. They asked her about her poop, which she mostly strains and it comes out hard or as pellets instead of like soft ice cream. They asked her how many time she goes to the bathroom during the day, which turns out to be twice. Apparently, she is overworking her bladder during the day from not going frequently (which is causing her bladder to finally "relax" when she sleeps and so she wets the bed) and she's also straining to poop and as a result the muscles down there spasm which explains why she says her vagina is hurting. She was 5 (now 6) so she can't pinpoint or be exact about the pain. The inflammation is coming from how girls this age may sit on the toilet. Their feet can't touch the floor so their bottoms are down in the toilet, knees in chest and they're trying to balance. Often times small amounts of urine pool back there which cause the redness/irritation. So you can see the irritation but the spasms are actually causing the pain. When they pee, the urine may stream backwards down onto the vagina so it burns. SO we are on a 6 week regimen. We have to spend a 48 hrs giving her a laxative (the goal is diarrhea) then on the third day Miralax. At the same time, she MUST go to the bathroom every 2 -3hrs. We have to purchase a vibrating watch which she can wear in school and a Drs note for the teacher to excuse her whenever she needs to go. AND she's sitting backwards on the toilet for a better urine stream (this one has no medical explanation BUT its working for us. The inflammation is gone) . So far, from going every 2 - 3hours she hasn't wet the bed and no more vaginal pain. It's looking good! They also want an ultrasound of her bladder to make sure nothing else is going on.
Here is what we were dealing with before seeing the urologist...
PROBLEM: At 5yrs old (she just turned 6) after her nightly bath, my daughter started complaining that her vagina was burning. It was HORRIBLE. She was screaming an crying and gyrating in pain. I looked down there and saw a little redness. I thought she had a UTI or something. It started happening regularly. It would happen mainly at night so at one point we thought maybe she was trying to stay up late. For 6 months she would have these episodes and the routine was always the same, -go to the doctor and they give a urine test -the test comes back negative for UTI -they prescribe an antibiotic for 10 days and we schedule a follow up, - one time they prescribed Nyastatin which was soo horrible putting on her. She screamed every time. I couldn't bare it so I would sneak and put it on her while she was sleeping.

This last time (Nov 2011) I scheduled an appt with the urologist and in the meantime saw her pediatrician. I told the doctor I was really concerned that they keep giving her antibiotics and the problem is reoccurring. This time he said maybe its coming from long baths every night. Similar to your hands getting wrinkled from being in the water so long. He said to stop the baths, take showers and put hydrocortisone on the inflammation. So we started this and our appt with the urologist came up about 5 days later. They told us to stop the cream and anything else we were told to do. I REALLY HOPE THIS HELPS SOMEONE. It's a miserable feeling watching your child screaming and you can't help.
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replied June 20th, 2012
thank you for this. i think part of my daughter's problem was related to her not going to the toilet regularly enough.
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replied December 29th, 2011
sore bums
My granddaughter has suffered since she was born with one thing and another,starting with milk intolerance so was put on soya milk then when put on solids problems started there to. On some foods she would be sick have diarrhoea and then the cuts appeared on the vagina. All my children have suffered with Eczema and my eldest daughter was told she had internal Eczema as a teenager.I only used Fairy washing powder and nothing that smelt as this would cause flare ups.
Now with my granddaughter we seem to have started again the cuts reappear so back to the normal stuff nothing that smells,her own towels and cloths watch her sugar intake, Showers are the best I find. I also think this is hereditary as I have also suffered many years and the biggest culprit is soap I found and since I had my bath taken out and only have showers I must say things have been better. Also please remember that when you clean your bath or toilet you rinse the detergents off properly with hot water as if you don't the detergent will become active when you add hot water when running a bath then your child or yourself will be sat in water that has chemicals in it.This advice is given as I own a cleaning company.
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replied February 4th, 2012
Hi All,
My daughter has been living with a red sore vagina for the last 6 years and also suffered from constipation for 3 years.
We don't use soap in the bath, she wears 100% cotton underwear and only drinks water and milk and very rarely has sugar or foods with preservatives.
So why am I posting all of this? Well after being diagnosed with being a carrier of celiac disease and now having to follow a gluten free diet, my family now also eats gluten free and hey presto no constipation or red, itchy vagina.
My friend's daughter had the same symptoms and she was diagnosed with celiac disease.
You would be surprised what has gluten (wheat, rye, bailey) in it...and how easy it is to eliminate it from your diet.
Hope this helps!
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replied March 25th, 2012
My daughter is 6 and has had that problem off and on for the last several years. The tenderness and redness. Didn't know if others have had that same problem or not so I decided to do it. I'm so glad I did! This has all been so helpful. I didn't know about the sugar or the Epsom baths or even as simple as dreft laundry detergent. Guess will we find it by process of elimination. Which I would have never thought to do if I hadn't looked this question up. Thank you thank you thank you!
Nkucera82
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replied March 27th, 2012
My 5 year old stepdaughter has this problem because her mom leaves soda in the fridge for her to drink whenever she wants, a lots of juice too. When she's at my house, I have her drink lots of water and take warm baths with about 2 cups of vinegar in the water. vinegar is natural and won't harm her in any way. I have her sit in there for about 10 minutes with her legs open and i pour the water over her vagina and she always feels so much better after that and when she goes home, she's ok. but when she comes back, it'e the same thing all over again. her mom doesn't listen. I'e also showed her how to correctly clean herself. Don't use creams, they just hold on the the bacteria and heat and later on the affected ares is the same or worse and washing it off can cause further irritation.
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replied March 30th, 2012
Itchy / sore Vagina - thread worms / pinworms
It could be threadworms / pinworms ... these things are highly contagious and can cause itching and discomfort in the vagina / anus areas.

Is worth checking it out because I was horrified to find my daughter had them after a year of her complaints about an itchy sore vagina ... I had assumed like all of you that it was a detergent / dietary thing ...

She is totally fine now and hasn't had a problem for at least 6 months!
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replied April 22nd, 2012
Hi there. I have a 3 year old who has a sore vagina. I have inspected the site and there is not a lot of redness and she says it doesnt hurt to pee it just hurts on the outside. She has never used soap as we dont have a bath thats not an issue. It is itchy but it mainly flares up at night. She can go all day and not have a problem till shes gone to sleep, it wakes her up. She now sleeps with no undies on but how do you go about checking what in her diet could do this? The doctor is clueless as there is no infection or thrush(no discharge and no smell)?????? Im running out of ideas, i use sensitive wash liquid etc but what else can i do.......????
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replied August 13th, 2012
Sore, red Vag in children--use cocnut oil
I read all of these replies about 5 days ago when my almost 4 year daughter stated showing signs of a sore red vagina. 5 days later my daughter is completely healed. I came back to this site to tell you all of the cure!!! Extra Virgin Cold-pressed Coconut oil. Put this on your daughter vagina at least 2 times a day (or more) and in a few days, you will see results. Coconut oil will not hurt your daughter. It has many proven health benefits. Yiu can eat it or use it all over your body and hair. It helps you lose weight, grow hair longer, condition hair and skin, I think it even helps fight disease and cancers. LOOK IT UP!! Make sure it is extra virgin unrefined cold-pressed (or expeller pressed) coconut oil. Get it from your local health food store for about $30 for a big container and it should last you a few months. Use it for everything, you will love it!!! Do not buy the cheap walmart brand because it is too processed and will not give you the health benefits. If coconut oil helps your daughter, Please write a reply to help other people too!!!!
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replied September 2nd, 2012
It's so nice to see so many people supporting and giving opinions to other parents when they are losing their minds. I feel for you parents that have had this problem longer than just a coup,e days. My daughter started just a couple days ago and I think it's because we all got sick with a flu and had diarrhea. I will now know what to do if this problem persists. Thank you ladies and I will make sure to update you with my daughter (just turned 2). What I noticed help with my dAughter, we put cornstarch on there and she felt better. I was reading online sometimes you shouldn't put it on them (yeast infection I think).
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replied October 1st, 2012
4 Year Old Vaginal Itching
My four year old recently has develped an itchy vagina. Because the urine test came back negative the doctor is saying that is it's basically nothing. She tells me that she itches at school and it really worries me. She is my only child and I've not heard of little girls having vaginal itching before. Does anyone use antihistimines? Thanks for sharing. The comments have been very useful. Doctors suck!! Thank goodness for all the concerned moms who share experience and information.
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replied October 18th, 2012
I have a 2yr old which for the past year has ben getting labia adhesians the doctor had to open her up because it was causing pain with urination and it has closed again we used an estrogen cream and that did nothing for her and now she is wanting to use the potty but as soon as she gets on she starts crying and saying ouchie it is very red and inflammed and stuck together her doctor refuses to do anything about it so we just scheduled a visit to the st.louis childrens hosp to see a uerologist something isnt right
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replied March 17th, 2013
5 year old with burning vagina
Hi Macmama,
I just had to pass on my experience. My 5 year old daughter has suffered with stinging twinkle for the last 18 months, screaming, wriggling in pain, asking me to make it stop, nearly always at night. We've been back and forth to the doctors surgery who have given me various creams but have never given a diagnosis. Recently she was in the bath when she suddenly jerked in pain and started crying and asking me to put cream on her twinkle. I was about to apply the cream and to my horror I saw a very thin, white threadlike worm wriggle into her vagina. Luckily it didn't make it all the way internally before I managed to catch it on a piece of cotton wool. She'd had threadworms all this time without us knowing. The reason why the attacks always happen at night is the threadworms are only active at night when the person is motionless or near motionless. The unbearable stinging is caused by the mucus the threadworms release when laying their eggs. As soon as I caught the worm the unbearable pain stopped leaving her only slightly uncomfortable but able to sleep. We all took Ovex, stripped the beds, made sure we wash our bits thouroughly first thing (because eggs are always laid at night) and touch wood my daughter has not had stinging twinkle since. If you google how to check for threadworms you'll find details to help you. Hope this helps. Sam
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replied June 27th, 2013
hi my daughter is 71/2 year old since past one month she has UTI with vaginal inflamation and pain got her urine tests done there were pus cells doctor gave her antiobiotics first for 7days then after a week again for 7days her reports are little better but the inflamation in vagina is still there its red and sometimes very painful.i dont want to give her any antibiotics anymore.got her checked by a gynae she got her swab(vaginal swab)test waiting for the reports needs advice please help because its been more then a month.
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replied August 2nd, 2013
red private part
yea my daughter sometimes gets red down on her private part and around her buttock they say its from the juice I water it down a lot and body has any ideas what causes it and what to do about it tina
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replied September 15th, 2013
I have 3 girls ages 10, 7, and 4 and they have all been through this. My 4 year old is currently going through the same thing. Their pediatrician suggested a "sits-bath" which is just soaking in a bath with about 1/4 cup of baking soda added to the bath water. He also said that children especially this young shouldn't wash their vagina with soap. 1- because the soap is too harsh for such a sensitive area and 2- because children don't know how to thoroughly rinse that area. I would suggest the baking soda bath maybe 3 times a week before bed and to add a probiotic to their diet. With my girls it's always cleared up within a couple of weeks. I have also discussed with them numerous times how important it is to wipe from front to back after going to the bathroom. I hope this helps. I know how difficult it may be to see your child in so much pain. I'm a mother of 4 kids (I also have a 5 year old son), and when they're sick or hurt sometimes I feel helpless when it seems I've tried everything to no avail. Hope the little one feels better.
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