Labial adhesions are very thin pieces of tissue that cause the folds of skin outside the vagina to stick together. (The folds of skin are called the labia.) Labial adhesions usually happen before puberty and are most common in girls younger than 6 years old. They normally do not cause any symptoms or problems.
Labial adhesions are usually caused by something that has irritated the vaginal area. Because the labia are so close together, when the irritated area heals, the labia sometimes become temporarily stuck together.
Some possible irritants are:
Hormone creams can be put on the area where the folds are stuck together. Girls respond differently to this treatment. Most girls will need the treatment for up to 8 weeks. When the labia finally separate, wash and dry the area and put petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on it. Keep putting petroleum jelly on the area after every bath for a few months.
Labial adhesions can come back. Then they may need to be treated with hormone cream again.
Keep your daughter’s genital area dry after changing her diapers. Avoid exposure to bubble baths or strong soaps.
Ask your child’s healthcare provider:
Make sure you know when you should bring your child back for a checkup.