Just another thing to know as mom… noonies!

Now being a nurse there are many things I knew to look out for in my babies but that did not include a closing noonie aka vagina!

I first noticed this on my eldest when she was about 4-5 months old when changing her nappy. I suddenly noticed there was a white/clear layer of skin closing the bottom half of her noonie. Obviously we booked her a GP appointment straight away to get it checked.

I was pretty surprised to hear that it is a really common problem in little girls aged 3 months to 6 years. It’s due to low estrogen levels in prepubesant girls and irritation/inflammation from wet nappies etc.

Generally it’s not a problem if it’s an incomplete  closure however it can close completely and cause urinary tract infections, itching and leakage when passing urine as the urine gets stuck .

There are different methods of treating it which includes a hormone cream and in worst case a surgical separation may be needed.  Don’t be put off by the hormone cream it’s such a tiny amount and is only absorbed locally.

Imagine my surprise when baby girl number 2 also had the same thing! Hers grew quite quickly and was thinker than Jenna’s was and the cream took a while longer to work.

Occasionally once the adhesions have cleared up they may return. Ways to help prevent this include daily bath soak and putting some lubricant (Vaseline etc) on at night.

So just another thing to be aware of in little girls and yet another thing for us mommy’s to keep our eyes open for!

Disclaimer: as mentioned earlier I am a nurse however do not claim to have all the answers so please see you doctor if you are concerned about anything!

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