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post #1 of 8
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DD has labial adhesions. They are causing dribbling in her underpants and pain or itching. (She is 30 months, all I know is it is bothering her.) Took her to ped, who dx'ed this and wants me to use estrogen cream. Did a little reading online (including a couple old posts here!) Seems this is semi-common and non-worrisome.

in those old threads here, it was people mostly without other symptoms saying not to treat.

She's got other symptoms. Do I have an option other than the estrogen cream to get rid of it?

thanks

(FWIW I'm also doing the baking soda bath suggested by her doc and will now be removing her from the tub after shampooing her hair. She *is* using the potty but I will be helping her clean better just to make sure nothing is irritating)
post #2 of 8
I'm wondering the same thing. My dd hasn't been diagnosed with labial adhesions yet.... but I am suspecting. We have an appt. tomorrow.
post #3 of 8
My daughter had them too. If they had remained or come back and caused more discomfort or infections, I would have used the estrogen cream.
The times I knew they were causing discomfort, I used a little coconut oil or emu oil on her and that seemed to help.
Like most girls who have them, she did outgrow them (she's almost 6 now and they were gone by age 3 or 4).
I am very conservative in the use of allopathic medicine but a few weeks of estrogen cream was much less disconcerting to me than potential infections and treating those. My doctor who showed the adhesions to me first was conservative as well. He said that if I ever took her to another doctor to NOT let anyone force the adhesions apart. It really seemed analagous to baby boys' foreskins.
post #4 of 8
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My daughter had them too. If they had remained or come back and caused more discomfort or infections, I would have used the estrogen cream.
The times I knew they were causing discomfort, I used a little coconut oil or emu oil on her and that seemed to help.
Like most girls who have them, she did outgrow them (she's almost 6 now and they were gone by age 3 or 4).
I am very conservative in the use of allopathic medicine but a few weeks of estrogen cream was much less disconcerting to me than potential infections and treating those. My doctor who showed the adhesions to me first was conservative as well. He said that if I ever took her to another doctor to NOT let anyone force the adhesions apart. It really seemed analagous to baby boys' foreskins.
Thank you for your reply! We've got coconut oil, so I could always try that first. I just googled emu oil, can't believe I've never heard of it. I'll make sure if it is adhesions that she won't be touched.
post #5 of 8
You're welcome!

I was surprised at the lack of info out there when I found out my daughter had adhesions. I remembered something else...they can recur (after they come apart on their own or with the help of the cream).

http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/Heal...np=304&id=2169 an article I still had bookmarked
post #6 of 8
I would actually highly recommend calendula oil. It seems to do a better job than coconut oil. Good luck!
post #7 of 8
Thanks! I'll look for some calendula oil.
post #8 of 8
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Thanks everyone! I did end up using the cream and the adhesions went away. If they ever do recur I'll try out coconut oil first.

She will be 3 in Jan. and is now fully day-potty-learned so maybe they won't....

(I was told they happen because of irritation, doc said one big reason is possibly poop from a diaper---NOT that you leave them in it, but sometimes it gets in there and irritates--doesn't take much or long-- and then it can heal into adhesions)
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