Not sure if I should post this here or in the toddlers forum, but anyway, yesterday both DH and I noticed that the inside of our 26 month old's vagina was pretty red and sore looking. It seems to be only on the inside and there wasn't any irritation on the outside of her labia -- it was more on the labia minora, not the labia majora, if I'm getting the terms right. We have been working on potty training the past three days so she has had panties on a lot. We noticed that she was grabbing and holding her vagina quite a bit but we thought it was just related to her learning to control her bladder. But now I'm thinking it was because it was sore, or maybe this happened because she was touching herself so much and irritated the skin.
Yesterday morning she had her wet pee diaper on from the night and first thing in the morning when she woke up she told me it was stinging. Then at bath last night she told DH it was stinging when he was washing her, so I know it is causing at least moderate discomfort. There is no discharge or anything else going on that we can tell. I'm not sure if it is just some kind of irritation -- maybe from the panties that are sort of large and sometimes kind of ride up in there -- or if she has some type of vaginal infection. It is a little red around the urethra too, but I think that might be normal. She doesn't seem to be in discomfort when she pees, but she is avoiding it sometimes. I can't tell again if that is just normal "learning to use the potty stuff" since it is so much more fun to play than to have to take a break or if it is a sign that something is wrong. I'd really prefer NOT to take her to the doc over this one and I'd prefer a "natural" solution if possible anyway. Any thoughts?
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