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Newborn and Infant Care

Neonatal vaginal bleeding

10/17/2005

Question:

My daughter who`s 3 days old was discharging a fistful of mucous from her vagina yesterday and is now bleeding like as a women would menstrate.

Is there anything wrong?

Answer:

During pregnancy you baby is exposed to high level of hormones. When the hormones are withdrawn (due to birth of the baby and placenta) your daughter's body can respond by producing a vaginal discharge. The white discharge and the bloody discharge are generally normal. This discharge is seen during the first week of life. The discharge continues past one week of age, or increase significantly in amount you should contact your daughters health care provider.

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Response by:

Tina   Weitkamp, RNC, MSN Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati