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Painful urination and/or vaginal irritation

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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about painful urination and/or vaginal irritation. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand.

1. Have your child sit in a basin or tub of clear, warm water for 10-20 minutes once or twice daily.
2. After bathing, dry the genital area by gently patting it dry with a towel. Air drying with the legs spread apart may also be helpful.
3. Make sure your child can wipe herself correctly after urinating and bowel movements. She should wipe only from front to back. This will keep from spreading germs to the genital area.
4. Wash and rinse the genital area with clean water and a wet washcloth. Soap is not needed.
5. Have your child wear white cotton underpants and loose fitting skirts or pants. She should avoid polyester or nylon underpants, tights, sleeper pajamas and pantyhose. She should also avoid long periods in wet clothes or swimwear.
6. Hair should be shampooed over a sink or in a shower. If that is not possible, shampoo your child’s hair at the end of the bath. Rinse her off with clean water.
7. Avoid bubble baths.
8. If the skin in the genital area is red or painful, a small amount of Vaseline®, A and D Ointment®, or Desitin Cream® may be applied.
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La informacion contenida en este material es unicamente informacion de tipo general. No debe considerarse como completa. Para obtener mas informacion acerca de los complementos para leche materna, por favor pidala a su doctor.
Corregido: 1995, 1999

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 1995, 1999


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