Vaginitis and Vulvovaginitis

Norton Children’s Gynecology in Louisville is the only practice in Kentucky dedicated to gynecological care of children, adolescents and young women. Our specialists routinely treat vaginitis and vulvovaginitis with expertise and with an understanding of the unique needs of girls and young women.

Pediatric vaginitis and vulvovaginitis are common conditions that cause inflammation and irritation (like itching and redness) of the vagina or vulva. It can occur in girls of any age, from newborns to adolescents.

Vulvovaginitis is the most frequent gynecological disorder encountered in pediatrics. It’s highly treatable and usually clears up within a few weeks.

Causes of  Vaginitis or Vulvovaginitis

Because the genital area is close to the anus, bacteria can spread easily — a common cause of vulvovaginitis. In addition, the vulva is sensitive to trauma from scratching, tight-fitting clothes or exposure to irritants such as soaps or bubble baths.

Possible causes of pediatric vulvovaginitis include:

  • Bacteria
  • Irritation due to harsh soaps or chemicals
  • Poor hygiene
  • Tight clothing
  • Yeast
  • Viruses
  • Allergic reaction

Treatment and Prevention of Vaginitis or Vulvovaginitis

Once the cause of vulvovaginitis is determined, our team can discuss proper treatment. Options may include antifungal cream or antibiotics, though oftentimes improved hygiene and vulvar care is all that’s required. A cool compress or petroleum jelly might also be recommended to relieve discomfort.

Hygiene tips to help treat or prevent vulvovaginitis include:

  • Wiping from front to back after using the bathroom
  • Avoiding the use of harsh or perfumed soaps and bubble baths
  • Patting the vulvar area dry after bathing, or allowing it to air dry
  • Avoiding tight-fitting, nonbreathable clothing

Washing clothes in a mild detergent

Gynecology – 1750

Contact Us

Schedule an appointment with a pediatric gynecologist.

(502) 559-1750


Download Patient Packet

Jennifer Lawrence named Young Philanthropist of the Year

Jennifer Lawrence has given back to her hometown by serving as a donor and ambassador for children in the areas of health care and arts. Her donation of $2 million and challenge to other donors […]

Read Full Story

Teens can learn healthy habits from parent and pediatric gynecologist

If you have tweens or teens, you’ve no doubt noticed things have changed since you were that age. Maybe you talked about puberty and sex with your parents, or maybe they left it to a […]

Read Full Story

Hip pain in teens: What could it be?

Hip pain is surprisingly common in children and teens. Pain can develop in the hip for a number of reasons. What are some of the main causes of hip pain in teens? Understanding your child’s […]

Read Full Story

Talking to your kids about sexual health, puberty

Growing up in today’s world presents different challenges than even a couple of decades ago. However, some things don’t change: It is important for parents and guardians to start conversations about puberty and sexual health […]

Read Full Story

Norton Children’s Hospital unveils final phase of NICU renovations

A newly renovated neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Norton Children’s Hospital was unveiled Feb. 13 as the culmination of a five-phase, $22.1 million project to update existing NICU space to a developmental model of […]

Read Full Story

Search our entire site.