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Toddler's fused labia JuliaE Missouri 182 posts
8th Jan '12

When my daughter was a few months old she had a problem with her labia becoming fused. The doctor recommended slowly pulling it apart slowly with every diaper change, keeping it clean (obviously) and putting petroleum jelly on it. He said he didn't want to prescribe the estrogen cream unless it got really bad.



She is now 21 months and I noticed the problem has returned and with a vengeance (it just seems to have appeared in a matter of days) and more fused than before (leaving a very small opening), and she is red and inflamed. I have since read, that it shouldn't be forced apart. So I haven't done that. I am going to take her to the doctor again asap (we moved so this is a different practice), because it looks like she could have an infection.



I was wondering what experiences parents have had with their doctors on this issue and if they used the estrogen cream on their child if they had any major side-effects, of the estrogen cream with a toddler.

Zoe&Harper's Mom (Em) 2 kids; Alabama 16918 posts
8th Jan '12

you should use premarin an estrogen cream and never ever pull it apart. I can't believe your doctor recommended that in the first place that can actually cause more damage to the labia! Ouch! My daughter hasn't had any problems or side effects from using the estrogen as a baby and she is now 3 1/2. We applied it by q-tip 2 x's daily for like a week and it separated with no problems.

Zoe&Harper's Mom (Em) 2 kids; Alabama 16918 posts
8th Jan '12

They may need to check for urinary tract infection as well b/c when they get that fused they are more prone to UTI's. Hope your baby gets to feeling better soon!

~ Ez's MoM ~ 33 kids; Zimbabwe 3436 posts
8th Jan '12

back when i was a baby they cut mine back open. but that was 29 years ago.

Zoe&Harper's Mom (Em) 2 kids; Alabama 16918 posts
8th Jan '12
Quoting annabelle509:" back when i was a baby they cut mine back open. but that was 29 years ago."


Holy crap that made my crotch hurt thinking about it :(

JuliaE Missouri 182 posts
8th Jan '12
Quoting Zoe'smom (Em):" you should use premarin an estrogen cream and never ever pull it apart. I can't believe your doctor recommended ... [snip!] ... estrogen as a baby and she is now 3 1/2. We applied it by q-tip 2 x's daily for like a week and it separated with no problems."


That's what I was thinking. He was an older doctor, and she wasn't very fused together, but enough that's what he told me. I'm gonna call her doctor on Monday and I will push so they'll get her in on Monday. Tuesday I have appointments all day for my pregnancy (high-risk), and I really don't want to wait until Wednesday to get her in, especially if she has a UTI.



Thanks for the info!

Zoe&Harper's Mom (Em) 2 kids; Alabama 16918 posts
8th Jan '12
Quoting JuliaE:" That's what I was thinking. He was an older doctor, and she wasn't very fused together, but enough that's ... [snip!] ... (high-risk), and I really don't want to wait until Wednesday to get her in, especially if she has a UTI. Thanks for the info!"


no problem!