Vaginal Discharge

Prepubertal and pubertal girls have vaginal discharges that are normal. This discharge is white or slightly yellow without other symptoms. Adult hormones cause increased amounts of discharge. Discharges are also common during the first few weeks of life or in mid-cycle after the onset of menses.

Poor hygiene may contribute to vaginal discharge in children. Infestations of pinworms that migrated to the vagina may result in vaginal discharge after intense irritation or secondary infections occur. Another cause of discharges are yeast or candidal infections. These infections commonly occur while a child is on antibiotics.

Last reviewed April 29, 2010