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#1 *mylittleprince*

Posted 27 February 2013 - 07:26 PM

Hi

I have a girl and 2 boys so the girl thing is new to me. Before starting solids in the last two weeks I would just wipe back to front on the outside of her vagina (labia?). Since starting solids her poo's have become massive and more solid and some has gone inside so I've had to open and wipe inside. Is it ok to use a wipe or should I use a cotton ball and warm water? Should I bath her afterwards or can she wait till her evening bath? I've heard so much about UTI's so want to do what I can to keep her clean.

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#2 roses99

Posted 27 February 2013 - 07:31 PM

Make sure you wipe front back, not back to front!

#3 *mylittleprince*

Posted 27 February 2013 - 07:33 PM

Sorry I meant to write front to back, severe baby brain!

#4 roses99

Posted 27 February 2013 - 07:36 PM

I thought you must have :-) I know what you mean, though, after a baby boy I found a
girl much more complicated. If the poo was really everywhere, I did a bath. Otherwise just used wipes.

#5 lynneyours

Posted 27 February 2013 - 07:37 PM

I've got 2 DD's and only used cotton wool and water for the first week or two,  after that it was baby wipes all the way.  Wiping front to back, and yes, inside all the folds and nooks and crannies.  For a poo explosion, I usually bathed them immediately, but otherwise just wipes did the trick.  
And I didn't even bath them every day (still don't) due to eczema.

#6 kpingitquiet

Posted 27 February 2013 - 07:41 PM

We've always used unscented, dye-free wipes on all her bits and bathed only if there was a poo-splosion or it was her normal bath time. She's never had a UTI. She's only ever even had diaper rash maybe 3 times and those were during illnesses and a massive heatwave.

#7 blenheim

Posted 27 February 2013 - 07:48 PM

If she was really grotty with poo everywhere, I used a warm wet facewasher - seemed to clean better than wipes.

#8 Paddlepop

Posted 27 February 2013 - 07:48 PM

I've just wiped everything thoroughly with fragrance free baby wipes. It can be quite gross having to clean poo out of DD's vagina, but I just use a baby wipe. I figure that she'll pee again soon enough and "wash" the area clean, and flush out any bacteria that might be in the urethra.

No UTIs so far. DD is 3yo.

#9 *mylittleprince*

Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:05 PM

Thanks everyone. It seems so delicate compared to a boy!

#10 Funwith3

Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:10 PM

QUOTE (*mylittleprince* @ 27/02/2013, 09:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks everyone. It seems so delicate compared to a boy!


It's just something to get used to. Having three girls, I can't imagine changing a boys nappy!!! I wouldn't know what to do!!

#11 frogcal

Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:29 PM

QUOTE
It's just something to get used to. Having three girls, I can't imagine changing a boys nappy!!! I wouldn't know what to do!!


Duck!

#12 liveworkplay

Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:33 PM

It's funny when I read posts like this. I have 3 girls and I couldn't imagine what to do with a boy!!

OP, I just wiped what was needed. If it was everywhere, I wiped everywhere! I tended to use water and cotton wool or water and face washers (had a whole lot of one colour so we knew they were only for bums laughing2.gif) as I'm not a fan of wipes. My three are 9, 7 and 3 and we haven't had any uti's to date.

#13 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:34 PM

QUOTE (frogcal @ 27/02/2013, 09:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Duck!


Point it down.

#14 indigo~

Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:36 PM

I soak a few cotton balls in warm water, squeeze them out and use them one at a time to swipe through the area to clean the poo out. It's how the special care nurses taught me when DD was born. Also, to leave the cheesy stuff as it's protective from UTIs.

#15 Hedgehog Slice

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:19 PM

QUOTE (indigo~ @ 27/02/2013, 06:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I soak a few cotton balls in warm water, squeeze them out and use them one at a time to swipe through the area to clean the poo out. It's how the special care nurses taught me when DD was born. Also, to leave the cheesy stuff as it's protective from UTIs.


ohmy.gif  cheesy stuff?!?!  I've just found out I'm having a girl after already having 1 DS - and I too was wondering about how to clean the girls bits.....but no one has mentioned cheesy stuff before!  I don't know if I'm brave enough to ask.........

#16 niggles

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:31 PM

Vagina's are very good at keeping themselves clean so a thorough wipe with whatever you've got should be enough.

#17 Chazee

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:36 PM

I have 3 girls. I used baby wipes and cleaned where needed! Never had a UTI. Don't worry too much. original.gif

(and yes, boys are way easier to clean!!!).

#18 CallMeFeral

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:48 PM

Cotton and water is better than wipes, in terms of irritating chemicals, but wipes are fine with some kids. My dermatologist friend used cotton balls and water. We actually stuck their bums under the laundry tap and just used water  ph34r.gif That way you don't actually have to do much touching in there, it all washes away.

I was actually confused when our boy was born! I thought boys would be easier, being all external, but those ball sacks really have some crevices!

#19 Madnesscraves

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:52 PM

QUOTE (niggles @ 27/02/2013, 10:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Vagina's are very good at keeping themselves clean so a thorough wipe with whatever you've got should be enough.


Agreed. I was about to come on and say they basically are self cleaning things. No need to much to it!

#20 Chelli

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:55 PM

QUOTE (liveworkplay @ 27/02/2013, 09:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's funny when I read posts like this. I have 3 girls and I couldn't imagine what to do with a boy!!

This is me too happy.gif

#21 Itchy_Witch

Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:06 PM

QUOTE (Anlawich @ 27/02/2013, 07:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have 3 girls. I used baby wipes and cleaned where needed! Never had a UTI. Don't worry too much. original.gif

(and yes, boys are way easier to clean!!!).


You think? I found DD much easier to clean that DS! Too many hiding places down there to try and clean!
Give me a girl baby to clean over a boy anyday!

#22 Paddlepop

Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:11 PM

QUOTE (Appellation @ 27/02/2013, 09:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
ohmy.gif  cheesy stuff?!?!  I've just found out I'm having a girl after already having 1 DS - and I too was wondering about how to clean the girls bits.....but no one has mentioned cheesy stuff before!  I don't know if I'm brave enough to ask.........

Girl smegma. It is around the urethra/clitoris area and under the clitoral hood. Grab a hand mirror and check yourself out!

#23 Expelliarmus

Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:36 PM

Agree with CallMe! Girls are way easier! When the scrotum shrinks it hides all the poo in the creases!!!! Tounge1.gif

#24 Justaduck

Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:42 PM

I only have a DD but have changed many boys through years working in childcare. I would take a girl any day! Much easier to clean

#25 NotBitzerMaloney

Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:47 PM

I mut say that the first time I had to hold labia open and clean poo out of DD's vagina, I thought 'surely this isn't right'.
But I felt the same way about getting it out of scrotum skin for DS, so obviously if I was in change the design of both sexs plumbing would be different!

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