Very young baby girls (less than 3 months old) often have a vaginal discharge and may sometimes develop vaginal spotting or bleeding. Both conditions are temporary and normal.
These changes are caused by exposure to maternal estrogen, a hormone that crosses the placenta and enters the baby's bloodstream before birth.
Because a newborn baby's body takes longer than an adult female's to remove this hormone, it remains after birth. This hormone has the effect of making a newborn's body "think" that she is in puberty, and discharge and bleeding occur. As the hormone levels drop, the effects disappear.
Usually thick and cheesy in character
Present, starting at birth
Several spots or drops of blood found in the vaginal area or in the diaper
Occurs as hormone effects are decreasing, several weeks to months after birth
No treatment is necessary; both of these changes are normal in a female infant.
Special considerations -- consult
your pediatrician if:
The amount of the discharge increases
The discharge becomes foul-smelling
The bleeding occurs more than a few times, or in large