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Can a 7 year old get thrush? And what do I do?

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I've never had it but my DD is very very red and sore around her vagina and anus, she said it had been itchy before the stinging begun. It stings to wee as well.

I'm thinking nappy cream but this is the second time it's happened in a month.

She's ever so fair skinned with auburn hair. So she has very sensitive skin sad

How can I help her and stop this happening? Nappy cream or something else?

ilovepowerhoop Thu 14-Aug-14 19:11:53

I would take her to the gp. But yes they can get thrush as dd had it age 4. Another culprit could be worms as they can cause the itching

BadRoly Thu 14-Aug-14 19:14:32

Yes they can and you can buy Canestan (or equivalent) over the counter at a chemist. Might also be worth worming though.

My son is a thumb sucker and seems to get thread worms twice a year. I've recently wormed us all yet again thanks to him. Bleurgh! The second dose after a fortnight will be given when due to us all. So I can safely say it's not that this time

I'll talk to the pharmacist tomorrow and pick some canesten up. If it doesn't improve I'll see the GP though. Thank you for the advice.

GruffalosGirl Thu 14-Aug-14 19:40:11

My 3.5 DD has got the same, the pharmacist today said they won't sell canestan for anyone under 16 and refer you to the GP. I called theGP who did a phone consultation and gave me canestan on prescription that has to be used for 7 days after the symptoms are all gone. He said it is pretty rare in kids though. Only agreed to give the prescription without seeing her cause I said it looks exactly like when I've had it

Madlizzy Thu 14-Aug-14 20:06:50

Take her to the gp for some cream and also talk to her about wiping properly from front to back.

Holdthepage Thu 14-Aug-14 20:10:33

Just be careful that this isn't vaginitis, which requires antibiotics, it is quite often misdiagnosed as thrush.

eatscakefornoreasonwhatsoever Thu 14-Aug-14 20:14:46

No soap or bubble bath. Apply cold natural yoghurt to soothe things quickly.

MistletoeBUTNOwine Thu 14-Aug-14 20:17:37

My dd had sore bits quite frequently for a few years, was vulvo vaginitis, hers exacerbated by bubble bath and wet swimsuits.
Google it- it's more common than you'd think in little girls, and a lot if gps are clueless hmm

MistletoeBUTNOwine Thu 14-Aug-14 20:19:52

A weak steroid cream cleared it up smile

Lovethebubbles Thu 14-Aug-14 20:22:07

My 3.5 year old gets it and I use the lowest strength canestan cream you can get behind the counter... Also advertised as nappy rash cream! The gp said very common for young girls to get this (my dd gets it often), and to make sure we don't use bubble bath etc. We also find bicarbonate of soda in the bath helps too.

Lovethebubbles Thu 14-Aug-14 20:23:21

Should add that I'm not sure if it's thrush or not.. Sometimes if it's really bad she gets some discharge and other times it's just really sore and red but the cream helps in both cases and it goes after a couple of days

The vaginitis link is very interesting. Thank you! She's not obese and doesn't wear tight clothes but I think she's having so much fun at playscheme she's leaving going for a wee until late and perhaps she has damp knickers a lot. She knows not to use soap around her genitals and wipes front to back and well. So I shall give her bepanthan as a barrier tomorrow morning again and see how it is.

If I did buy canesten it would've been the nappy cream one behind the counter lovethebubbles mentioned, I've used that before long ago on her, when she had a particularly nasty nappy rash. It sounds like it maybe vaginitis not thrush from reading so thank you so much.

Holdthepage Thu 14-Aug-14 20:37:09

If you are not sure make a GP appointment & they can take a swab.

agnesf Thu 14-Aug-14 20:41:06

I too support going to GP. There is something called Lichen Sclerosa which can cause these symptoms which requires specialist care fom a dermatologist.

agnes it's not that. I just looked at the NHS description of that condition, her symptoms do not match that.

I shall see how she is tomorrow morning.

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