Why does my toddler scratch her privates?

If your daughter complains of a sore bottom or is scratching her genital area, she may have vulvovaginitis, an inflammation of the vulva and vagina. It’s the most common gynecologic problem in young girls (particularly school-age girls), though it can occur at any age.

Why is my toddlers private area itchy?

Most vaginal itching or discomfort is due to soaps irritating the vulval skin. This could be from bubble bath, shampoo, shower gel or soap that is left on the genital area. Occasionally it is due to poor hygiene (such as wiping from back to front instead of front to back).

How do I stop my child from itching down there?

Try vinegar baths to prevent mild infections in the vulval area and to help relieve itchiness. Add half a cup of white vinegar to a shallow bath and soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Your child can have vinegar baths from once a week to twice a day, depending on how uncomfortable the symptoms are.

How is vulvovaginitis treated in toddlers?

Treatment for Vulvovaginitis

  1. Urinate with knees spread apart. …
  2. Teach your child to wipe from front to back after bowel movements and urination.
  3. Take a bath, not a shower, every day.
  4. Do not use bubble bath in the bathtub.
  5. Do not shampoo your child’s hair in the bathtub.
  6. Avoid irritation.
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Why does my toddler keep grabbing her privates?

It’s possible she’s doing it because she’s uncomfortable due to a health issue, such as a urinary tract infection — or maybe this is her way of telling you she needs to use the bathroom.

Why does my daughters privates hurt at night?

Occasionally your daughter’s vulva might be itchy if she has eczema or a skin condition called lichen sclerosis, which also affects the vulva. If your daughter has lots of itchiness and pain that is worse at night in bed, it might be because of worms. Vulvovaginitis symptoms often come and go.

How do I know if my toddler has a UTI?

Here are some signs of a UTI: Pain, burning, or a stinging feeling when urinating. Urinating often or feeling an urgent need to urinate, even without passing urine. Foul-smelling urine that may look cloudy or have blood in it.

Why do toddlers privates smell?

This smell is due to bacteria, sweat, and hormone changes. And as long as your child doesn’t have any other signs of puberty, and they’re under the age of eight, it’s not a concern. Puberty can hit any time after the age of eight, so the armpits can smell from then on.

What does vulvovaginitis look like?

Discharge from a yeast infection is typically white, odorless, and clumpy, similar to cottage cheese. Itching is also a common complaint. Discharge from bacterial vaginosis is heavier than usual but thin, fishy-smelling, and grey or green in color.