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Infant Vaginal Bleeding Overview

Another name for Infant Vaginal Bleeding is Vaginal Bleeding in Infants.

What is vaginal bleeding in infants?
A female infant may have a small amount of vaginal bleeding during the first week of life. The bleeding is caused by the presence of estrogen in the infant's bloodstream, which was passed from the mother to the fetus during pregnancy. Mild vaginal bleeding in infants is normal; however, prolonged vaginal bleeding in infants requires an evaluation.

What are the symptoms of vaginal bleeding in infants?
Symptoms of normal vaginal bleeding in infants include a few drops of blood per day, for less than 3 days. Symptoms of abnormal vaginal bleeding in infants include bleeding for more than 2 days, bleeding that starts after 1 week of age, fever, fussiness, vomiting, or weight loss.

How does the doctor treat vaginal bleeding in infants?
The treatment for vaginal bleeding in infants depends on the cause. No treatment is required for normal vaginal bleeding during the first week after delivery.

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Last Updated: May 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Infant Vaginal Bleeding References
  1. Merritt DF. Evaluation of vaginal bleeding in the preadolescent child. Semin Pediatr Surg. 1998 Feb;7(1):35-42. [9498266]
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