Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Daisy | 2008-12-08


Itchy Privates?

Dear Doctor,

Firstly, I just want to thank you for all your very helpful advice throughout the year. As a first time mom of a colicy reflux baby you have most certainly kept me from going insane with worries over nothing serious. May you and your family have a blessed festive season.

My LG of 10 months has been going on with this for a while now. As soon as I take off her nappy her hand is immediatly fiddling with her vagina. At first I thought she' s just exploring, but now it' s even become a habit of pushing / moving herself in her highchair and carseat as soon as you sit her down in it. And she concentrates on it so much, she finds it difficult to eat. Once when I was at the paed for something else I asked him to just check if I' m perhaps missing a rash. He could not see anything but advised that I use Antipeol just incase of an itch. This did not change anything. He also said she can have no " pleasure'  from doing this and that I should not be concerned, but it bothers me, as it looks quite awkward, and it' s starting to make me nervous now. When she sits in her highchair / carseat, it looks as if she' s kicking and arching her back, constantly bumping her private area against the thing in the middle of the chair. And as I say, she really starts concentrating on this. When her nappy is off, she immediatly fiddles with her vagina and gets so mad when you take her hand away. There is no rash / discharge / smell. I' m not sure what to do with the situation. Is this normal, should I worry or should I just let her be?


Expert's Reply



Thanks for the good wishes and the same to you and your family.Your doctor is correct your daughter's behaviour has no sexual aspect. It may be a habit as she has no obvious signs of any problem in the vaginal area. Did the problem start after she had antibiotics because you should be sure that she does not have a candida infection? Against this is the lack of any redness or discharge.Another possibility is pinworms. A single dose of Vermox 100mg can be given although your daughter is not 12 months old yet which is the usual age at which we can prescribe Vermox.However there is a strong suggestion that pinworms may be the cause of her vaginal itch.

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Posted by: suzi | 2008-12-17

dear Daisy, I actually started laughing when I saw your letter. My little girl had exactly the same simptoms since she was 9 months old- it is actally so bad that we do not want to go anywhere anymore because she constantly scraches her bum against anything- she will even start to sweat!! (she was also a reflux and colic baby)- Unfortuanately after trying to get some answers from 3 different ped and one hemeopath- she is still scrathing and she is almost 14 months. (I also tried the Vermox- nothing helped)- I even changed her diaper made and her bum cream- thinking that she could be allergic to it- nope nothing helped!! I do think that she developed a habit now- good luck- please let me know if you find something that helped for your baby!! Good luck!!

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