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I came across some info on <a href="http://www.askdrsears.com/html/10/t110205.asp" target="_blank">Dr. Sears</a> saying that sometimes a baby girl's vagina can close up. One day I had a look - and sure enough DD's vagina looked closed. Our GP agreed - and so we've been referred to a pediatrician. The GP told us that if she is peeing normally (which she is) it shouldn't be too serious an issue, and is likely treatable with estrogen cream; but confessed that she hadn't come across many of these cases in her practice. We're going to the pediatrician this week, but I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this problem, and can offer any advice. I like to go to doctor appointments well-informed. Not sure I like the sound of estrogen cream on a 6 month old baby!
 

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My dd had that. When I first noticed it I was freaked out. But it turns out labial adhesions are pretty common and resolve on their own. Our ped said as long as she can still pee, not to worry. It should open up as baby walks and isn't in diapers anymore and certainly by puberty when more estrogen is present. Good luck. We just left it alone and it's open now.<br><br>
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I had that problem with my little one. It started when she was around 9 months, I think and was a recurring problem until fairly recently.. Just be meticulous about changing her as soon as her diaper is soiled and open the area at each diaper change. Oh, and let her have some nakie time each day so that her diaper area can breathe. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Unless she's closing up completely, I wouldn't worry too much. If that happens, you'll know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> It's terrible. It happened with us when I was trying to avoid using the cream because I didn't like the idea of administering estrogen. She was so uncomfortable and cried everytime she needed to pee. I felt terrible.<br><br>
Our pediatrician prescribed Premarin (estrogen cream) and told us that until she hits puberty, this may be a recurring problem for her. She described it much like the lips on your face. If you kept your mouth closed for long periods of time, the lips would eventually adhere to one another and it would be painful to open and irritation in the area just encourages the adhesions. If I notice it closing up, I just put a tiny dab of Premarin on the area and it opens within a day or two. Putting some vaseline on between diaper changes seemed to help a little, too. I've also heard of using flax seed oil instead of the prescribed creams, but I didn't have any luck with that.
 
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