My 10 year old daughter just started having clear watery discharge with a tint of brown. I had her checked for a uti which was negative. Could she be starting her period? She hasn't developed breasts yet or grown any pubic hair...
Person's Gender: Female
Age: 10 1/2
Hello, Yes this may be the start to the start of her period altho' a bit UNusual if your daughter has no development yet. You did the right thing by having her checked for possible UTI. This may be bacterial vaginosis, for which her pediatrician would either diagnose on symptoms / signs alone or do a swab test (not full internal exam).
Ok, thanks. However, how can develop bacterial vaginosis at the age of 10? She isn't on any medications, and obviously she isn't sexually active. I do know speaking from my own experience that when I have had ruptured cysts usually following that I have some clear fluid. She has complained of "stomach aches" but nothing too severe....
Bacterial vaginosis is NOT an STD.
It can occur at any age even young kids.
If stomach aches persist or worsen then she needs a repeat in-person exam by her pediatrician.
I will probably take her in on Thursday. They are culturing the urine.
BV causes itching usually, right?
She said it doesn't itch, however she has to wear a pantyliner because there seems to be a constant discharge there.
Well I guess she is going to need to be seen by our pediatrician. Would she have to take a sample of thell fluid during the exam to check for BV? Or do they usually just prescribe the medication?
I typically gently swab outside and look at the fluid on a microscope slide in my clinic.
Do pediatricians do this or do I have to take her to an ob/gyn?
I know you know all this, but remind your daughter to wipe well when she uses the bathroom, change underwear, all the basics. If she's been staying in a wet swimsuit after swimming, she should change into dry clothes and take the time to really shower. Peds do this daily.
Yes of course we had that discussion earlier :) She is very good about her hygiene--showers daily, etc
Thank you very much for your advice. I think I'll have to get her into the doctor; especially if the culture comes back negative.
Pediatrician, Board-certified in Ped Hematology/Oncology