Labia are folds of skin on the inside and outside of the vagina. A labial adhesion means that the folds of skin stick together. This is most common in girls between 3 months and 6 years old.
The cause is usually something that has irritated the vaginal area. This may be caused by:
If the adhesions are small, there are no symptoms. If the adhesions cover the opening of the urethra (where urine leaves the body), urine may leak when she stands up.
Your healthcare provider will ask about your child's symptoms and medical history and examine your child. Usually a healthcare provider can tell just by looking at your child’s vaginal area if she has adhesions.
If there are no symptoms, no treatment is needed. When your child’s body starts making estrogen during puberty, the adhesions will go away.
If the adhesions are causing symptoms, your provider may prescribe hormone cream to put on the area where the folds are stuck together. This will help the folds of skin to separate over several weeks. In rare cases, surgery may be needed.
Clean your child's genital area carefully and let it dry when changing her diapers. If you child is toilet-trained, help her wipe herself after going to the bathroom until she can do it correctly by herself. 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. Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.