Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Mary | 2008-11-29


Red private parts

I am extremely worried about my grand daughter who is 4. She lives with her mother, a diagnosed schizophrenic, and new step father. She comes to stay with me for one weekend a month. The last few months she has been complaining that it burns when she does a wee and also her private parts are very, very red and sore looking. Her mother has told me not to worry, it is a slight bladder infection and she doesn' t drink enough so her urine is too strong, mother seems completely unconcerned about it. But surely this should not go on for months? It is quite a delicate situation as I have no rights and only get to see my grand daughter if I stay on the right side of mother, she can withdraw the weekend at any time she wishes.

Expert's Reply



You have every reason to be concerned about your granddaughter's problem. In spite of the very obvious concerns you have with her mother's mental illness and the arrival of a step father on the scene, this is not likely to be due to sexual abuse and nor is this due to a urinary infection. Much more likely is that this is due to a bad case of candida infection, possibly following on antibiotic treatment which your granddaughter may have had recently. Give her Nystatin oral solution by mouth for 5 days and apply Nystatin cream to her vagina 3 times a day. Also give her a probiotic such a Probiflora for Children once daily for 10 days [speak to your pharmacist about all these medicines]Please let me know if this problem clears up as I am concerned about this whole situation.

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