During normal exploration of the body, young girls may put a foreign object in their vaginas. Common objects are toilet tissue, a crayon, or a bead. Teens may have a forgotten tampon in the vagina. The objects must be removed to prevent a vaginal infection. Often they are not discovered until the girl is brought to see a healthcare provider because she has developed a vaginal discharge or bleeding.
The most common foreign body in young girls is toilet tissue. Teach your daughter to pat her vulva dry after going to the bathroom rather than rubbing it with tissue. Rubbing causes balls of tissue to break off and become lodged in the vagina.
NOTE: DO NOT try to remove the object yourself. This almost always pushes the object in farther and makes removal by your child’s healthcare provider very difficult. Watch your child closely to make sure that she doesn’t push the object in.
When should I call my child’s healthcare provider?
Call immediately if you think your child has a foreign body in her vagina.
Written by Barton D. Schmitt, MD, author of “My Child Is Sick”, American Academy of Pediatrics Books. Published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2007-03-23
Last reviewed: 2011-06-06 This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional. Pediatric Advisor 2011.4 Index
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