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DD (3.5) has smelly vulva, but...

(55 Posts)
winnybella Mon 19-Nov-12 23:28:48

...there is no discharge, vagina looks fine.

She is not very good with wiping and I cannot be sure that she's doing it properly (or at all) at preschool. She often has red labia and I put it down to urine causing irritation. Bepanthen usually sorts it out.

But there is a smell and she has her hands in her knickers all the time and then it's on her hands, hair, ugh. Sort of musty smell.She had bath yesterday and today after school the smell was there again.

So I was wondering whether it's normal given her imperfect/lack of wiping or should I take her to a doctor?


AnyFucker Mon 19-Nov-12 23:32:19

With the hands in her knickers thing, do you think she may have worms ?

Vaginal thrush ? That doesn't always have a discharge. Or maybe a UTI ? I would see the doc.

winnybella Mon 19-Nov-12 23:36:11

Thanks, AF. No itching, though, doesn't trush cause that?
UTI- hmm, no , I don't think so, she's peeing ok and no fever etc.
Worms shock

Right, the thing to do with worms is to suddenly shine a torch on them, yes? Will do that now, thanks.

izzyishavingababyAGAIN Mon 19-Nov-12 23:37:27

it could be anything and you need to get her to the doctors to have a look.

AnyFucker Mon 19-Nov-12 23:39:14

if she wasn't itching, she wouldn't have her hands in her knickers all the time

you don't need to see her scratch for her to be itching IYSWIM

worms can cause itching of the front and back passages, sorry

izzyishavingababyAGAIN Mon 19-Nov-12 23:41:09

I dont know AF, DD went through a fiddling phase and it wasnt because of itching smile

AnyFucker Mon 19-Nov-12 23:42:20

there is that smile

but smelly, itchy, red

something is amiss

izzyishavingababyAGAIN Mon 19-Nov-12 23:43:32

yes def needs to go to docs

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 19-Nov-12 23:45:40

Definitely go to the GP.

Also, sometimes UTIs seemingly have few/no symptoms.

winnybella Mon 19-Nov-12 23:51:07

Ok, so I went and shone the torch and didn't see any worms <phew>

Also, I have wiped her with wet flannel tonight and had a sniff right now and it's fine.

Thanks everyone, I'll try wiping/baths morning and evening plus enforce better wiping habit and if it's still there in a few days I'll make an appt with a doctor.

winnybella Mon 19-Nov-12 23:52:13

SchroSaw- she had one UTI few months ago and it was v.dramatic, fever, blood in urine etc, but yes, I'll keep it in mind, thanks.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Mon 19-Nov-12 23:55:32

Sorry if it came across wrong. I only really discovered you could get them with practically no symptoms last week after being told by my GP I have one. blush

Hope you get to the bottom of it. smile

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 19-Nov-12 23:57:51

i bet worms....they are difficult to spot at the best of times but with little girls they can get into the vagina.

id nip to doctors.

its hard at preschool to stop them picking these things up.

AnyFucker Mon 19-Nov-12 23:58:04

You don't use scented baby wipes on her, do you winny ?

AnyFucker Mon 19-Nov-12 23:58:49

I would be tempted to give her the worms meds anyway

They are rife at this age, I am afraid

winnybella Mon 19-Nov-12 23:59:50

No, not at all smile Makes sense to consider all possibilities, I'm sure the doc will test her for it if it'll become clear that it's not the hygiene issue.

winnybella Tue 20-Nov-12 00:00:09

That was to Schro

winnybella Tue 20-Nov-12 00:01:30

Oh, ok. But wouldn't I have seen them now?

No, no wipes.

Hmm, maybe better to get her seen.

AnyFucker Tue 20-Nov-12 00:02:02

the best way to check for worms is in the poo, or after wiping bum after having one

they wave at you ever-so friendly, like smile

winnybella Tue 20-Nov-12 00:04:30

Oh sweet Jesus <faints>

Ok, will do that, thanks.

InNeedOfBrandy Tue 20-Nov-12 00:07:17

Have you just woke her up to shine a torch up her to look for worms? grin

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 20-Nov-12 00:07:58

im betting worms - i had no idea kids could get them until mine went to nursery. keep her nails short and scrubbed.
wash underwear and bedding at high temps and disinfect door handles etc etc. they are a bugger to get rid of - and easily passed around family members too. just like those other little darlings - nits.

im sure none of these were around when i was at school!

a dose of the meds wouldnt hurt if you cant be sure - but if you give the meds (usually just one chewable tablet and another a week later) and the symptoms stop then you have your culprit!

AnyFucker Tue 20-Nov-12 00:08:04

heh, you have some interesting years ahead

just wait until you are catching nits and worms for your own kids grin

ChippingInLovesAutumn Tue 20-Nov-12 00:08:07

UTI's don't all present like that either.

If it's a 'wiping' problem she will smell like wee, not musty, it's quite different.

I'd just take her to the Dr if I were you, at this age is no different than going because you have a sore foot, no need to wait.

AnyFucker Tue 20-Nov-12 00:08:11


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