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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Fiona - posted on 10/01/2011

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It actually sounds like candida! Yes I know she is so young, but did you know that even men/boys can get this yeast infection. Firstly stop ALL dairy products and sugar because these feed the infection. Rice cakes are great! Then you need to go get her checked out for allergies because if could be these are the cause of the infection in the first place. A simple painless test will at least show if she is allergic to specific food types (cereal, dairy etc). And don't all the chemicals used in manufacturing in Chinese clothing - could be as simple as a new pair of knickers worn without being washed! But Good Luck and don't forget your Health Food Shop usually has some great self treatment products and advice.

Karen - posted on 10/01/2011

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You could also try increasing her intake of yogurt with live cultures. That can help with yeast issues.

Kate CP - posted on 10/01/2011

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When young girls get yeast infections it's usually on the outside of the vulva and not an internal vaginal infection. Yes, she could have a yeast infection. I would try changing the detergent, like you're doing, and if it doesn't clear up in a few days I'd see the doc.

Megan - posted on 10/01/2011

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she doesn't take bubble baths any more because I thought that might be the culprit. I am thinking like Krista said, I have been using new laundry detergents. I am going to switch to a "free" brand.

Firebird - posted on 10/01/2011

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If she takes a lot of bubble baths, it could also be a culprit in this matter. Certain bubble bath products can cause vaginal irritation or even a UTI.

Megan - posted on 09/30/2011

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Krista, thanks!! I didn't see the thread. I agree that kids should at least know what they really are called!!
I am a 56yr old mom, had Sarah @ 48. Taught my son the correct term then too!!
Sorry I ruffled feathers ladies!!
The comments were awesome.
Krista, I am getting new detergent tomorrow, if not, then she may have to suck it up and be seen, I will check with my gyn to see her recommendation when I see her next week!!

Krista - posted on 09/30/2011

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And yeah, it does sound like the laundry detergent might be the culprit. Definitely try a "free" brand, and when washing her clothes, do an extra rinse, if your washer has that setting.

Krista - posted on 09/30/2011

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Heh --- Megan, you might have gotten the criticism because there's another thread right here on the welcome page talking about whether or not to teach kids the proper names for their genitals, and it might have people a wee bit riled up, as there ARE plenty of mothers who refuse to use the proper terms.

Megan - posted on 09/30/2011

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Thank you for your comments. But first I do have to say that Sarah takes great delight in using the words "penis", and "vagina, and labia whenever appropriate. As a nurse, I did teach her the correct terms. Someone must have missed the quotes around the word "Kiki". That is what term she uses most of the time. She is well aware of the term. You do not know me. I was reaching out for information, not to be chastised for a choice of a term. She is actually referring to her Labial area being irritated, rather than her vagina. I really think it might be the laundry detergent. We use HE stuff, and I have had a new kind for about 4 weeks. I will try a "free" brand.

Krista - posted on 09/30/2011

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It could be an irritation or allergic reaction to soap or to the laundry detergent you're using, or even an external yeast infection (you can get them in the skin of the external genitals as well). Try to look for laundry soap and body wash that have no dyes or perfumes, and make sure that she only uses water when washing her inner genitalia -- there's no need for soap in there. As well, make sure that her underwear is 100% cotton, so that it does not trap moisture. You can try a thin layer of Monistat after she's bathed and dried, and maybe forgo underwear at night.

If that doesn't help after a few days, I'd try to find an appointment at a clinic. If you have a Planned Parenthood near you, the doctors (in my experience) are usually very gentle in their manner and nurturing -- they might be able to help her feel enough at ease to examine her.

Sherri - posted on 09/30/2011

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The nickname is perfectly normal and fine. I wouldn't let anyone tell you differently it is what works for your family.



Does her Ped not check her kiki for every well visit anyways?? My Ped still checks my kids every visit and my oldest two are 14 & 13. Oh and my kids are male and still see a female ped. The sex of the doctor is irrelevant.



Here are some signs of a yeast infection:



Early signs of vaginal yeast infection includes itching and burning in the vagina and around the vulva, which is the skin surrounding the vagina. Another sign of a vaginal yeast infection is dry, flaky skin in the same area.



Another early symptom of yeast infection is a thick white curd-like vaginal discharge. It may look like cottage cheese or ricotta cheese. While it is usually odorless, this discharge may have a faint smell like bread or yeast even though what is used in baking and brewing is an entirely different type of yeast called Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The discharge can range from thick to faintly yellow to thin and clear.



Hope this helps.

Katherine - posted on 09/30/2011

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I disagree, "kiki" for an 8 year old is inappropriate.

Now to the question.

Is she itchy? If she says it smells, maybe she does have something going on. It could be what JuLeah said. Perfumes, dyes, what not. Redness and white discharge is a big sign of a yeast infection. If she's not having the discharge, she could just be irritated by something.

JuLeah - posted on 09/30/2011

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Well, lose the nickname ... don't teach her this part of her body is something to be ashamed of ... if you can't name it, it must be bad right? I mean you don;t have such nicknames for her elbows

She has been taugh to keep clean... wipe from front to back, wash in the shower, drink enough water?

If she is uncomfortable, she needs to see a doctor - female doc is best of course

She doesn't use perfumes, or soaps .... has there been a change in laundry soap?

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