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Dr. Payal M Dr.Shilpitha Shanthappa pls help!
hi..has ur doctor given u ointment to heal the stitches?? of not chk with her ... once stitches r healed thr will b no pain...
Dr. Shilpitha Shanthappa
an episiotomy is a surgical incision and due to the depth, requires stitches for healing. Most midwives/doctors will use dissolvable stiches which will eventually come out as you heal. Depending on the severity, you’ll likely be checked at discharge, at your one and at your six week follow ups.
In general, episiotomy care is similar to general postnatal rest with just a bit of extra attention to your perineum.. be gentle with stitches by avoiding pressure, over activity, harsh wiping or strenuous bowel movements. You will also need to abstain from sex until your midwife or doctor gives you the okay. It is also important to keep any eye out for any signs of infection and report them to your healthcare provider if anything does show up. Sitz baths and frequently changing your pads can also ensure good hygiene to help prevent infection.
Warm sitz bath – this can be anything from warm water to warm water with healing herbs Ice packs/cool compress – the cold can be soothing as well as aid in reducing swelling Use a peri-bottle – avoid wiping harshly. A peri-bottle can be used to cleanse the area after urination or a bowel movement and then you can gently dap with toilet paper. Poop carefully – you might think that once baby’s born you’ll be relieved of constantly thinking about your bowel habits (yay for no more pregnancy constipation!). Unfortunately, post birth constipation and pressure on a swollen perineum can be quite unpleasant. Be sure to consume lots of fiber, stay well hydrated, and if prescribed utilize stool softeners. Be gentle with stitches..
hi.. please be patient about the healing of the stitches it took me pretty long to get healed completely... almost 2 months. sitz bath is good to keep infection at bay . keep using the ointment given which will avoid any fungal infection.
thanks a lot..dr.shilpitha,suhasini vinod n shweta for ur valuable suggestion.
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