URINATION, PAIN WITH
(pain, burning or stinging) when passing urine.
In children too young to talk, suspect pain if your child begins
to cry regularly while passing urine.
Urgency (can't wait) and frequency (passing small amounts) of
urination may be associated.
in young girls: an irritation and redness of the vulva and opening of the urethra
from bubble bath, shampoo or soapy bath water.
WHEN TO CALL YOUR DOCTOR FOR
URINATION, PAIN WITH
Call 911 Now (your child may need an ambulance)If
or too weak to stand
Call Your Doctor Now (night or day) If
looks or acts very sick.
Can't pass urine or only can pass few drops.
Blood in urine.
Fever is present.
Abdominal, side or back pain.
Call Your Doctor Within 24 Hours (between 9am and 4pm)
urination, but none of the symptoms described above (probably soap vulvitis
HOME CARE ADVICE FOR SOAP VULVITIS (pending talking
with your doctor)
- Definition: Soap
Vulvitis is the #1 cause of pain with urination in young girls
Burning or stinging with passing urine.
Vaginal itching or irritation may also be present.
Prepubertal girl less than 10 years old.
Uses bubble bath, bathes
in soapy water or washes genitals with soap.
To be sure she doesn't have a bladder or kidney infection, she needs to have
her urine checked. The following treatment will reduce symptoms while
awaiting your appointment.
Baking Soda-Warm Water Soaks: Soak the genital area for
20 minutes every 4 hours to remove irritants and to decrease painful urination.
Add 2 oz. baking soda per tub of warm water (reason: baking soda is better
than vinegar for the prepubertal age group).
Increased Fluids: Give extra fluids to drink (reason:
to produce a dilute, nonirritating urine).
Avoid Soaps: Avoid bubble bath, soap and shampoo to the
vulva because they are irritants. Only use warm water to cleanse the vulva
or baby oil to remove secretions.
Contagiousness: Even if your child has a bladder infection,
it is not contagious.
- Call Your Doctor If:
Your child becomes worse or develops any of the "Call Your
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Barton Schmitt, M.D. FAAP
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