Allocations in the newborn girl
Daily care for a newborn girl includes regular dabbings, which very quickly become a habitual procedure. However, in most cases, a young mother is not ready for a sexual crisis, which manifests itself to a different degree in a child on the 3-4th day of birth, and is frightened to find unusual discharge from the genitals of her daughter. Since such discharges are both a norm and a pathology, it is important to understand the cause of their appearance and to know in what cases a doctor should be consulted.
Vaginal discharge in newborn girls can be:
- Bloody. The cause of this phenomenon is the hormonal or sexual crisis, which is associated with the accumulation in the body of the child of the mother hormones. Before delivery in the mother’s body, the level of estrogens and prostaglandins significantly increases, and these hormones enter the children’s body through the placenta. Reaction of the reproductive system of the girl to increase the hormonal background does not differ from the reaction of the adult woman’s organism – the baby is intensified by the secretion of the vaginal mucus and the endometrium (the mucous membrane of the uterus body) is growing. After childbirth and the mother and the newborn, the estrogen level drops sharply, because the hormone is no longer needed for the mother organism, and the girl’s body is not yet able to produce it. The drop in the level of estrogen causes rejection of the upper layer of the endometrium, therefore newborns, like those of adult women, have bloody discharge. Such discharge in a newborn girl is a natural adaptation process that does not require any additional treatment – once the body clears itself of the particles of the mucous membrane, the excretions will cease. Later, the sexual crisis may have other manifestations, but there will be no bloody discharge from the genital organs anymore.
- White and sticky. These secretions often accumulate in the folds of the labia and are perceived as the remains of a greyish-white original grease. To remove such allocation by any special means it is not necessary – their occurrence also provokes a sexual crisis, only they are developed by walls of a vagina at hit through a placenta of hormones of a progesterone and Prolactinum. Efforts that moms make to remove these secretions can lead to mucosal trauma and infection, so the child should simply be washed away. In most cases, the folds of the labia are cleared by the beginning of the second month of the girl’s life.
- Whitish, light yellow or transparent, in consistency reminiscent of leucorrhoea. Observed in 60-70% of babies and are a manifestation of desquamative vulvovaginitis. This type of vulvovaginitis lasts about 3 days and is also a consequence of hormonal changes in the newborn – under the influence of estrogens in the cells of the child’s vagina, glycogen (a complex carbohydrate) is accumulated, which is the nutrient medium for the Dederlein sticks. These sticks, which are a component of the normal flora of the vagina, combined with glycogen and form a light discharge. Treatment consists in usual hygienic procedures, in addition any preparations to use it is not necessary.
- Yellow. Stains of bright yellow color can be found on the diaper during the first week of life in most of the newborns (such spots can appear not only in the girl, but also in the boy). These spots are a consequence of metabolic disorders in the kidneys (associated with the adaptation of the organism to new conditions) and the deposition of salts. In the absence of renal pathology, by the beginning of the second week they disappear.