Vulvovaginitis is condition that affects baby girls, teenage girls and some women. It is a condition that causes inflammation of the genital area, which leads to development of red itchy sores with a burning sensation. Many mothers and in particular first-time mothers never realize that their baby girls have developed Vulvovaginitis. They only come to be aware of the problem when sores have developed and their babies are experiencing pain.
Your baby’s skin on the genital area is not only thin but very delicate. It is highly susceptible to irritation. The skin is bound to remain delicate until she eventually grows up to produce hormones and pubic hair that make the skin on that part of skin to be thick.
The first symptom of Vulvovaginitis is inflammations on your baby girl’s genital area. This causes irritation, which eventually leads to development of red itchy sores on genital skin. Your baby girl’s underpants can also be stained.
The main and only cause of Vulvovaginitis in baby girls is irritation of the delicate skin of the genital area. Such irritation can be as a result of several factors including:
Type of clothing/diaper – Clothing your baby with clothes of wrong material or tight clothing can easily cause irritation of her skin. Similarly, making use of scented diapers can also cause such irritation.
Skin infections – Skin infections caused by bacteria or fungi can also cause inflammation of the delicate skin, leading to Vulvovaginitis. Skin infection on other parts of your baby’s body can also spread to the vagina skin, leading to development of the condition.
Activity – Baby girls are generally more active than baby boys. Although it is healthy to let your baby girl engage in play activities, her play activities can easily cause irritation of her vaginal skin, leading to the condition.
Treating Vulvovaginitis usually starts with proper diagnosis of the condition. A pediatrician will normally perform physical examination and may recommend other tests to ascertain that associated inflammation is not as a result of any other disease.
Actual treatment of Vulvovaginitis depends on identified cause. A pediatrician can prescribe antibiotic medications in case the associated inflammation is caused by bacteria. You are also most likely to be questioned on hygiene matters and in particular whether or not you take care of your baby properly.
Development of Vulvovaginitis predisposes your baby girl to regular infections. Such regular infections can make your baby girl’s vaginal skin tender and therefore highly susceptible to serious damaging infections in adulthood. It is therefore only appropriate that you prevent development of the condition at all costs.
The most effective way of preventing development of the condition is by ensuring that your baby girl’s vaginal skin remains clean and dry at all times. You also need to ensure that you wipe your baby properly after every poop session to prevent harmful bacteria from attaching on vaginal skin. It is also very important that you avoid using harsh detergents/soap when bathing your baby or when washing her clothes and particular her underpants.