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How To Care for an Episiotomy

By Edited Feb 16, 2016 0 0

Many women who have just given birth and have a new baby to care for also have a new wound to care for. Some doctors will perform an Episiotomy routinely during childbirth to prevent tearing during delivery. An Episiotomy is an incision made to make the delivery of baby easier for mom.

Things You Will Need

Cotton underwear

Witch hazel

Sterile gauze

Step 1

Buy cheap 100% cotton underwear to wear during the recovery period. Cotton is best because it allows the area to stay drier than synthetic fabrics. Change your underwear often to keep germs from breeding and infecting the episiotomy.

Step 2

Walk around as much as possible to promote healing. Moving around won't be easy, but it does increase blood flow to the area. Perform Kegel exercises to increase blood flow.

Step 3

Apply ice to the incision. Be sure to place a thin towel, cloth or underwear between the incision and the ice pack. Ice directly on the skin can freeze skin and cause further problems and complications.

Step 4

Soak the area either in a bathtub or if it's more comfortable, take a sitz bath.

Step 5

Apply witch hazel to the incision. Soak sterile cotton balls or gauze in witch hazel and apply. You can also use Tuck's Hemorrhoid pads to soothe the area.

Step 6

After urinating rinse the area with warm water to keep germs out and avoid infection. Pat the area dry, do not rub delicate, painful stitches. Air drying is best.

Step 7

Increase you fiber and fluid intake to keep from straining when you have a bowel movement. Do not push or strain because you can rip your stitches. Be sure to rinse the area with warm water after a bowel movement.

Step 8

Sit on a pillow or an inflatable ring to reduce the pain.

Call your doctor if the pain increases, you have increased swelling, the stitches become red and look irritated, you develop a discharge from the site, you develop a fever.

Tips & Warnings

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