Q: Please doc my daughter of about 7 years had blood spotting on her pants. When we got to the hospital discovered she was not abused as I thought, the doc said it was due to hormonal imbalance and prescribed conjugated estrogen and it stopped. Please can there be future risk or is there any diet can place her on?
A: Hello! Thanks for writing in.
I can imagine your horror when you observed this! You did the right thing by getting her to a doctor to confirm if she’s been abused. Thank goodness that is not the case!
Another cause of bleeding in a child as young as this is also trauma. If your child had a straddle injury by falling astride on a bike or fence etc, this could present as vaginal bleeding.
Other causes include:
- Anal fissure which may be mistaken for vaginal bleeding
- Vaginal itching can lead to bruising and irritation and ultimately, bleeding
- Precocious puberty. For more on this condition, please click on this link https://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/12/05/just-for-the-health-of-it-with-dr-ketch/
- Pre-pubertal menarche in which a child starts having menstrual periods before puberty but other signs of puberty are not present
- Female babies in their 2nd and 3rd weeks of life may bleed as they respond to the absence of the estrogen they were used to in the uterus
- Female genital mutilation. For more on this condition, please click on this link: https://chatwithdrketch.com/2016/03/05/daily-health-tips-female-circumcision/
- A tumour of blood vessels
Is there a future risk of this? Well, it would depend on the cause. Sometimes, the cause is unknown and incident does not occur. I suggest that you see your child’s doctor if you are still concerned.
All the best!
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