How can I correct poor hygiene that causes prepubescent vulvovaginitis?

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The most common cause of prepubescent vulvovaginitis girls is poor hygiene. In fact, young girls are especially prone to vaginal infections because before puberty hits, they do not possess the natural vaginal protection from a healthy flow of estrogen hormones, pubic hair, or labial (vaginal lips) fat. If your child has been diagnosed with vulvovaginitis, it is important to correct poor genital hygiene habits as soon as possible to prevent further infections. You can start by observing their toilet routine and instructing them to wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria from the rectum from infecting the vagina. Also, instruct them to wash their hands after each time they use the bathroom. Teach them that their hands carry germs that need to be washed off before touching any entrance to their body, including their mouths and vaginas. You can also instruct your child to remove wet bathing suits soon after getting out of the water to prevent further infections.

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Vulvovaginitis

Vulvovaginitis

Vulvovaginitis refers to numerous types of infections that can affect the vulva and vaginal area. Causes of vulvovaginitis include yeast, bacteria, parasites STDs and other viruses. If you have symptoms of vulvovaginitis like odor...

, discharge, itching, rash or pain in the vagina, you should call your doctor. You will want to make sure that you are treated for this condition, as it does not always go away on its own.
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