You are likely to feel more concerned when caring for your newborn girl, especially when there are some issues, such as vaginal discharge. Why does it happen? What can you do about it?
Is Newborn Vaginal Discharge Normal?A newborn girl's genitals will be exposed to several hormones in the uterus, and this exposure may make the labia, the outer layers of the vagina, a bit more prominent and swollen. It could also cause a thick, milky vaginal discharge. In fact, you may even notice a bit of bleeding from your newborn girl's vagina – it could happen 2-3 days after birth.
However, it is quite normal and nothing to worry about because the exposure to certain hormones in the womb is the underlying cause. Take it as her first menstrual period, but it will also be the last one for another decade or so.
Still Worried? See What Other Moms Say about This!
"My daughter had that vaginal discharge, but my doctor said it was completely normal and happened because both boys and girls absorb our hormones during delivery. Just make sure you are wiping it gently because keeping it clean is important."
"A large majority of girls get the stringy vaginal discharge as newborns, and it is nothing serious because they will outgrow. You should not worry unless her vagina seems irritated, red, or swollen. You can talk about it with your doctor. Not every baby girl has it, but 1 out of every 4 is likely to experience it."