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My newborn baby girl has a vaginal discharge. Should I worry?

No need to worry! Your little one is adapting to life outside of the womb!

While in the womb, babies are exposed to mom’s estrogen as it passes through the placenta into the baby’s bloodstream. However, after the baby is born, she is no longer exposed to these hormones, so her little body goes through withdrawal. You may notice that the vaginal area is swollen right after birth, and she may even have whitish discharge in the vaginal area, called physiologic leukorrhea. You may also notice a little vaginal bleeding in the diaper due to the estrogen withdrawal. No need to worry, these changes should go away by the time your little one is a couple of months old.

Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, August 2019

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  1. My baby is 1!month old and shes having a yellow discharge. Is this normal?

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    1. Typically, true discharge is gone by now. I would have your pediatrician take a look at her next visit.

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  2. My baby is 3 months still having discharge

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    1. Dischage at this age is uncommon and I worth a trip to your pediatrician’s office for evaluation. There are a few simple reasons why this may be continuing as well as a few more serious and complicated ones. Having her checked out is the right thing to do.

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