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Vaginal Discharge and Urinary Symptoms in Young Girls

Sometimes, mild urinary symptoms, such as painful urination (dysuria), can be a symptom of an infection that is not related to the bladder or kidney. When mild urinary symptoms are present with discharge from the vagina, a vaginal infection may be the cause.

Discharge from the vagina may also be a symptom of a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or sexual abuse. You may feel uneasy if your health professional brings up the issue of sexual abuse. Health professionals have a professional duty and legal obligation to evaluate the possibility of abuse in a child.

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Backyard and Playground Safety

The backyard offers a world of fun for children. Playgrounds offer even more chances for adventure. But the fun can end abruptly when someone gets hurt. That’s one reason the American Academy of Pediatrics reminds parents to supervise children’s outdoor play, even at home. To protect your kids from injuries, keep these backyard and playground safetytips in mind. Backyard safety basics Start by giving your backyard a once-over: Check to see that your fences are sturdy and in good...

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If you think a child or family member has been physically abused, you can help them by reporting the abuse. Resources are available for help.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last Revised April 12, 2011

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: April 12, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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