Some girls have less discharge and some have more; some clear and some more white or yellowish. If the discharge changes appearance in colour like gets bloody or greener, increases in volume and has a bad odour it can be a sign of infection. Vaginal infection may cause redness and itchiness around the vulva. The doctor will recommend vaginal culture to find out the type of bacteria causing the discharge and itchiness.
Some common causes of vaginal discharge in a toddler are:
- The most common infection is Vulvovaginitis. It is the inflammation of the vulva together with the vagina. This is a bacterial infection. Pinworms can also lead to Vulvovaginitis in toddlers. Antibiotics and a warm bath will ease the pain and irritation.
- The yeast Candida that is present in the body is the major cause of yeast infection or Genital candidiasis in a toddler girl. Improper toilet habits can lead to vaginal discharge. If the discharge is cheese-like without smell it could be a yeast infection. The doctor may recommend a vaginal culture to diagnose the infection.
- Urinary Tract Infection or UTI is caused when bacteria infect the urinary tract.UTI in toddlers could cause her to release some vaginal discharge. She may feel some pain while peeing. Fever could be another indication. If not treated early, it can lead to the damage of the kidney in children under the age of 6.