Signs of Labial Adhesion in Toddlers & Cures

Labial adhesion is a common phenomenon among girls between the ages of 3 months and six years and is not a condition to be worried about. Toddler Labial adhesion usually occurs due to an advanced diaper rash when the labia becomes itchy and inflamed due to a wet diaper.

Even after the rash heals, the labia may stick together as new tissue forms fusing them together. Other reasons for labial fusion in toddlers include soapy residues on clothing, low levels of oestrogen (which is a normal phenomenon before puberty) and occasionally sexual abuse, although this is not to say that the latter is always the case.

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Symptoms of Labial Adhesion in Toddlers

Labial adhesion in toddlers are known to cause blockages of the urinary tract as the adhesion may block the urethra, forming a pocket of skin which traps small amounts of urine. This can leak out when the toddler or child stands up and signs of this condition include urine stained underwear. This urine trapped in the tissue has a tendency to go back up the urethra and cause urinary infections. It is hence always advisable to consult a paediatrician over the condition to check for infections and advice on the seriousness of the condition as toddler labial adhesion may require surgery in some cases.

A forceful separation of the labia by yourself may cause serious damage to the child and it will take longer to heal apart from only serving to traumatize the child. The chances of its recurrence are also high in this case and you must remember that even if treated by a doctor labial fusion in toddlers have a high recurrence rate. The precautionary measures to prevent toddler labial adhesion involve keeping the diaper dry, changing wet diapers immediately and gently wiping the child dry.

Treatment for Labial Adhesion in Toddlers

cleaning the labial region daily with water, using mild detergents on cloth diapers and underwear and making sure that the soap has been washed off completely. Avoid bubble baths and leave the toddler without underwear for some part of the day to let the area get some air every day. Petroleum jelly works wonders as a lubricant and can be applied at night to keep the labia from fusing together. Any other bland cream will also do and the labia can be separated over a few weeks. Oestrogen creams are sometimes prescribed for this condition, but prolonged usage is known to cause breast development and other signs of puberty so a doctor's advice is necessary before trying it out. Also as the child grows older, teach her to keep the area clean and to wipe from front to back.

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