Newborn babies and older girls (when they are likely to
start getting their periods) often have a clear, white,
odourless discharge without any itching or burning. This is normal
and needs no treatment except frequent changing of undergarments.
Discharge That Smells Or Gives Rise To Irritation And Burning
In adolescents, this sort of discharge needs to be
correctly diagnosed and the child should be shown to a gynaecologist.
In younger children, it is often due to lack of proper cleanliness, a bubble bath, nylon
undergarments or threadworms. Rarely, it could be associated with a
foreign body in the vagina, fungal infection, diabetes,
masturbation or sexual abuse.
A urine examination should be undertaken if the child
also complains of burning while passing urine.
7 March, 2016