8 yr old girl with poss yeast infection

Megan - posted on 09/30/2011 ( 117 moms have responded )

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Hi, my Sarah has been complaining that her "kiki" smells. It really does not have a bad odor, but the outside is reddened. Could bodywash be a culprit? She does not see her pedi. until Nov, and she does not want to show her "kiki" to anybody but me.

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Paula - posted on 10/09/2011

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My son gets yeast infections on his diaper area if he has too much sugar...like one or two many freezies on a hot summer day...my doctor prescribed an antifungal cream and cleared it right up...

Noreen - posted on 10/09/2011

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Dear Megan,
This isn't uncommon. There can be many reasons she got a yeast infection. irst if she has been on anti-biotics she may have a lack of good bacteria that fights the yeast. I have a sensitivity to some anti-biotics and have had it flare up in many body areas. Try a natural cure.... Acidophalous in the vitamin aisle. It works for me and others who have tried it, might work for her too. Good luck!

Megan - posted on 10/07/2011

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Claire, she is not gluten sensitive as far as I can tell, but she is fructose intolerant. Could there be a connection?

Megan - posted on 10/07/2011

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Cindra, I really appreciated your comments, I just bought Tide "Free", at Krista's suggestion, and will follow yours as well.

Megan - posted on 10/07/2011

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Pamela, You obviously missed my earlier post. She was taught the correct terms earlier, she chooses to use "kikki" at home. No we do not use talcum powder. As a nursery nurse, we warned parents against it because the babies could inhale it if sprinkle to close to their faces. Not good.

Megan - posted on 10/07/2011

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Lindsey, I am hoping that you are not right, but I am getting suspicious. She showed me some faint dark hair on her mons, and I almost died!!

Krista - posted on 10/06/2011

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Pamela, simmer down. The OP has already explained that her daughter is fully aware of the proper names for her genitals. The daughter just chooses to use a nickname instead, which is totally her prerogative.

As well, there is now a link between talcum use and ovarian cancer, so I probably wouldn't recommend talcum powder.

And if it IS a yeast infection, definitely don't use any powder containing cornstarch -- you're basically just feeding the yeast and making it grow.

Theresa - posted on 10/06/2011

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Make sure she is drying herself well after bathing and after peeing. Balmex (or store brand with 40% zinc oxide) will cure her with just one or two applications. NEVER put powder on or near a girl's kiki. It is an irritant and will sting.

Sherri - posted on 10/05/2011

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@Pamela First of all, the body part is called, labia, vagina and uterus or womb. At 8 years of age if you are still using anything but true names you are LYING to your daughter.

Really it is lying to them?? Sorry kind of made me chuckle, that is quite extreme. My kids know all the correct names but in our home we still opt not to use them and use things that are more comfortable and socially acceptable such as privates or pee pee. Especially since in school they advocate for using privates and that usually covers all bases.

Kevlinrowe - posted on 10/04/2011

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Megan, coming from a fellow nurse, although irritating detergent or soap is likely cause, it could be an early sign she's hitting puberty & will start her cycle in the near future. Yes, it seems way too young, but girls are hitting puberty so much sooner now days.

Pamela - posted on 10/04/2011

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First of all, the body part is called, labia, vagina and uterus or womb. At 8 years of age if you are still using anything but true names you are LYING to your daughter. That is a sign of the OLD PURITAN attitudes that make America one of the most BACKWARD countries on the planet when it comes to sex.

Get some talcum powder and shake a bit into her panties. It won't hurt and perhaps her sensitive nose will feel better until you can get to the doctor.

Maggie - posted on 10/04/2011

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My daugher had a similar issue when she was younger, still in pull ups, I believe. She had an external yeast infection. The dr suggested an anti fungal cream. Apparently it was caused by the PH of her urine irritating her skin or something like that. Maybe see if the anti fungal cream would clear it up.

Cynthia - posted on 10/04/2011

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My daughter experienced the same thing when she was younger and had recurrent problems/sensitivities to soaps, bubble baths (HUGE culprit), and even foods that contain soy (thank goodness, with age, these things subsided). Go get a tube of Lotrimin, yes the stuff for athlete's feet. If the cream is not available, get the ointment. Apply on the external areas - not for transvaginal use. If the affected area clears up, you've just taken care of the fungus that was causing the irritation - be it yeast infection or that like jock itch from being sweaty. This is what my daughter's Pediatrician had me do going forward since this was a recurring problem with Jordan. Ask your trusted Pharmacist his/her opinions about this for a second opinion and you can even put a call into the doctor's nurse to confirm this. Again, I stress that that is not for internal use. Hope this helps. :)

Cindra - posted on 10/04/2011

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I've been round and round w/multiple doctors regarding my 5 yr old and yeast infection. The 4 doctors seen (including an OBGYN) are aligned that pre-puberty girls don't get yeast infections (inside) under normal situations and the condition is called vulvovaginitis. It is relatively common with appro 10% of girls experiencing it and my daughter has it constantly. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth...

Tips to keep it in check (from my doctors):
wash panties in hot water, use color safe bleach, double rinse & no fabric softner
wash labia/private area with water only, no soap. If very red, put baking soda in bath and soak.
Apply external yeast cream to labia area daily for 14 days if very irritated.
Avoid wet clothing - change after exercise and no wet swim suits.
Don't rub or itch area
I have found that a mini rinse for in between bath days really helps..... Since I don't have a bideau, she sits on the potty and pours luke warm water on the area and then pats dry.

Good luck

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Additionally, don't know if your daughter has Gluten Sensitivity, but that can cause yeast issues.

Preventing yeast starts from within. Probiotics like those found in yogert for starters. Reducing sugar intake, especially processed... so apple not so bad as cookie. Simple carbs like breads, cakes, sugar count, too.
Drink a lot of water. Supplementing with probiotics can help, but be very careful not to overdo. You don't want to create imbalance in her system; that creates other similar problems.

On the outside, basically, if it smells nice, don't let it come in contact with vagina or vaginal opening.
This goes from:
using METHOD FREE detergent,
no fabric softener
NO bathroom wipes or fragranced toilet tissue,
and especially NO bubble baths, etc.

Keeping undergarments dry (sweat, water, discharge).

Sherri - posted on 10/04/2011

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OMGosh I would die without my fragranced laundry det and fabric softner.

We also use a TON of bathroom wipes here as well. Especially when they are learning how to wipe their own butts at 5ish.

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Preventing yeast starts from within. Probiotics like those found in yogert for starters. Reducing sugar intake, especially processed... so apple not so bad as cookie. Simple carbs like breads, cakes, sugar count, too.
Drink a lot of water. Supplementing with probiotics can help, but be very careful not to overdo. You don't want to create imbalance in her system; that creates other similar problems.

On the outside, basically, if it smells nice, don't let it come in contact with vagina or vaginal opening.
This goes from:
using METHOD FREE detergent,
no fabric softener
NO bathroom wipes or fragranced toilet tissue,
and especially NO bubble baths, etc.

Keeping undergarments dry (sweat, water, discharge).

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Not to disagree and I apologise for slightly changing the subject but, we grew up and our parents gave us good names for our vaginas, my mother gave my daughter a name for her vagina too, and I am fairly ok with that, shouldnt I be? Should we teach our children to call a vagina a vagina? Is that how they should speak about it if they need to in public?

Cheryl - posted on 10/03/2011

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I was wondering if she is drinking plenty of water to dilute her urine or if she is drinking lots of juice.. citrus can be irritating, could also be yeast as mentioned but there would be whitish cottage cheesy discharge.. detergent left in clothes or bleach or fabric softener could be a culprit.. I reduced our use of detergent and added an extra rinse because of rash where his(hubs) socks are.. if she is itchy she may be scratching it could make it red too.. ask her if it hurts, stings, itches burns whatever..hope you get to the bottom of this...(no pun..LOL) soothing bathroom wipes could help and maybe eating yogurt.?

Kellie - posted on 10/03/2011

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She should have it looked at, if it's bothering her. Very well could be from the body wash, especially is she sits in a bath. Or give a call to the nurse in the pedi office, they usually have a voicemail. Speak to her directly and she will guide you.

Lucy - posted on 10/03/2011

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any sort of perfumed soaps or bubble bath can cause that. If the child is having isues, take her to the doctor. Don't wait til November. Would you wait if it is was on your vulva? And also, get rid of that nickname. She is too old to use those terms.

Donna - posted on 10/03/2011

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my daughters had somethng like that. it turned out they were irritated bc they werent wiping when using the toilet. try some diaper rash cream, and if that doesnt help then it might mean a yeast infection

Donna - posted on 10/03/2011

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Easy home remedy. Grate or mash garlic in some cooled boiled water. Let it sit overnight and let her wipe her vagina with it everytime she bathes. It's best if you mom can do it. I have used it on myself and my babysitters daughter who is even younger. Good luck!!

Sherri - posted on 10/03/2011

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@Louise our children in the US see a pediatrician once a year for well visits and then if you have any other concerns over the year sick etc you call your pediatrician for an appt. which they get you in the same day for.

Michelle - posted on 10/03/2011

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It could definitely be body wash. I have always encouraged both my daughter and son to stick with Dove soap, because it's gentle and effective and does not cause irritation. I don't use bodywash or any bath beads, oils, etc. because I am sensitive to it. I would have your daughter stop using anything but a mild soap and if that does not help after a couple of days, take her to the doctor.

Louise - posted on 10/03/2011

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Thanks for the info on the US medical system. Wish we had something similar here.

Megan - posted on 10/03/2011

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Hello everyone, thank you all so much for the great information. Sarah has given me such a hard time about the doctor looking at her vulvar area. I am switching laundry soap, and getting a "free" bodywash. If after 1 week, then I will take her to the pedi. Plus I see my gyn tomorrow, and I will run it by her.

I have belonged to this site for months, this is the first time I asked a question, after looking first. I am hooked. An awesome group of really caring Moms!!

Ann - posted on 10/02/2011

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Louise - yes here in America it is usual that we take our children to see a pdeiatrician. They are specialists only in that they treat children only. Under most circumstances (depending on one's insurance) we do not have to have a special referral to see one even if on state/federal aide.

Louise - posted on 10/02/2011

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I live in England and I am intrigued, because you ladies keep talking about ped appointments. Is it usual in the US to have regular appointments with a pediatrician? Please explain how it works.

In the UK we only get referred to one if our child has something which our local GP can't treat/ doesn't recognise. Our kids don't regularly see any medical professional - we have to make appointments to see a GP if we want to. Maybe if we did take our kids to see someone regularly, the undiagnosed probs I see regularly in school (I am a teacher) might not occur.

Ann - posted on 10/02/2011

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Megan you have received a lot of good advice. But the one I did not see is do not wait until November to take her to see her pediatrician. Simply call their office and explain to the nurse the situation and see when they can see her. If this is a true "yeast" infection waiting will cause more damage than you can ever know. I speak of experience as a mother and grandmother.

Helen - posted on 10/02/2011

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I hear putting baking soda in the bath helps. Stay away from bubble baths and be careful with the body wash.

Angel - posted on 10/02/2011

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Young girls can get yeast infections but it could honestly just be that she isn't cleaning properly after using the bathroom. If she isn't cleaning in between the labia when she urinates, the urine could settle there and cause an unpleasant odor and the redness that you see. Also if she is wiping back to front after a bowel movement she could be trapping fecal matter in her vagina which will also cause those same problems. Depending on how comfortable you and your child are with this you should wipe her after she uses the bathroom to see if this eliminates the problem. If either one of you is uncomfortable with that (or it isn't possible because of school) then you should have her try using baby wipes or the flushable wipes for awhile and explain to her how to wipe properly

Krista - posted on 10/02/2011

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Aveeno baby body wash would probably be quite gentle. That, or the unfragranced Dove.

Vernet - posted on 10/02/2011

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Me and my daughter both have very sensitive skin I use certain soaps but I only use Aveeno on my daughter. Dove is good but it's not a detergent soap so 4 me I don't feel fresh or I will need 2 take mult showers. Me nor my daughter can use ivory... I don't know we both break out wit rashes. The other thing u should make sure that when it daughter take a bath that he is cleaning herself properly. Even after going 2 the bathroom make sure she is wiping herself good (use baby wipes).

Tina - posted on 10/02/2011

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We use Dove free. There are not any dye's or fragrances. My children use Suave shampoo.

Megan - posted on 10/02/2011

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Yes, I am a nurse, but not a pediatric one. I deal with adult emergency patients, and now sick infant, never sick kids. They are not small adults, nor big infants as far as care is concerned. Ask me an adult concern, different story. And I cannot know everything, only One person has that title, lol

Megan - posted on 10/02/2011

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she doesn't take baths, but uses kid bodywash, which probably is worse because it is concentrated!! Any suggestions on what sop to use or is there a gentle bodywash? Baby body wash?

Tina - posted on 10/02/2011

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Oh, I used Lotrimin on her and it cleared it right up. Her dr. told me that's what to do.

Tina - posted on 10/02/2011

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i don't usually post here, but she very well could have an infection. Antibiotics do cause girls and women to get yeast infections. It sucks, but it happens. I hope she's okay.

Antonnette - posted on 10/02/2011

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Just curious, you being a nurse and a lady yourself and you need advice in this area

Staci - posted on 10/02/2011

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Agree 100% with FIona. When my son about 2 he had a terrible yeast infection and the doctors were no help. Diet changes cleared up everything.

Lee - posted on 10/02/2011

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Yogourt, cottage cheese, live cultures will help restore balance to her system. Watch the sugar intake as that can cause the bacterial imbalance. Check with the pharmacist, you can get an anti-fungal over the counter. Just had the same problem with my 18mth son. Poor thing went for longer than he should have as I was just treating it as a diaper rash. If there are "sattelite" lesions around the affected area, that is also an indication that it is a yeast infection.

Norma - posted on 10/02/2011

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Since you got all other important advise which was all very good, try making a stis bath if you have a pan for that with 20 mule team borax detergent since she doesn't take baths or make a small pan mixture and wash her vaginal area with it. Great for iching and yeast infection duches but since she's not old enough for douches try the sits bath. Hope this works. Have done this myself yrs ago

Susan - posted on 10/02/2011

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Could very well be the bodywash. When my daughter was young I was told to never let her have bubble baths because that can cause irritation or yeast infections. Also, staying in a wet bathing suit can cause them too.

Michelle - posted on 10/02/2011

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I think just go back to the Basics. Watch your Laundry Soap, Maybe stop any baths definitely no bubble baths! Maybe go with Showers for a bit. My daughter is 8 and no matter how much I tell her how to wipe, I'm pretty sure she's not wiping appropriately but that comes with time. Good Luck I hope she gets better quickly and that it's not a Yeast Infection at her age already.

Vanity - posted on 10/02/2011

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Yes bodywash could be the culprit. Get her some lightly or unscented wash and an OTC cream for yeast infection. Use it twice a day for about a week and that should definitely help.

Ann - posted on 10/02/2011

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Another thing...as a young adult I had the same problem. It was because I was not wearing cotton lined panties...when I switched over from nylon to cotton, it went away....that was years ago & am sure that all pants are not cotton lined because of that, but just checking. Your laundry softener could also be a problem...

Ann - posted on 10/02/2011

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Megan, I had such a problem with one of my children when she was young...found out it had to do with bubble bath soap...quit that...another thing might be that she is going through early puberty...if she recently was on antibiotics, then that is the culprit. Children at that age may also "find" themselves & will experiment with masturbation & this might be the cause of the redness. We know this is a natural instinct & part of life. I would consult your pediatrician & see if applying adult Vagisil to the area might help. Good luck.

Shallece - posted on 10/01/2011

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If changing the laundry detergent doesn't help. If you have monistat I would try using that for a cple days. It will help the itching..

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