Vaginal abrasions and fissures in children

Vaginal abrasions might occur in young girls, particularly if an infection is present. Infections can be caused by yeasts or bacteria that inflame the lining of the vagina or the labia.

Other reasons for vaginal fissures or cuts in children are general trauma to the area, such as might be caused during playing.

Sexual abuse also needs to be taken into consideration when a child presents with any damage or inflammation to the genital area.

Vaginal or vulvar fissures are likely to be more difficult to diagnose in younger children, but it depends on where exactly the cut is and how big it is.

Kids have a hard enough time trying to describe things to adults as it is, let alone trying to explain what a vaginal cut feels like. They may say they feel stinging or burning during bathing or toileting.

Generally, a young child with a vaginal fissure will heal up with no intervention necessary. If she is in a lot of pain, analgesics (herbal or pharmaceutical) may help.

Reflexology and acupuncture can also help to relieve pain, soreness and inflammation and promote healing. As with all issues, if it does not heal, see your health practitioner as soon as possible.

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Jessica Lloyd - Vulvovaginal Specialist Naturopathic Practitioner, BHSc(N)

Jessica is a degree-qualified naturopath (BHSc) specialising in vulvovaginal health and disease, based in Melbourne, Australia.

Jessica is the owner and lead naturopath of My Vagina, and is a member of the:

  • International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD)
  • International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH)
  • National Vulvodynia Association (NVA) Australia
  • New Zealand Vulvovaginal Society (ANZVS)
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)