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How should I care for my stitches after an episiotomy?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Remember the three "C's":  Comfort, Cleanliness and Circulation. For the first 24 hours after birth, cold in the form of an ice pack will help to decrease the swelling and pain. After the first 24 hours heat to the perineum will increase blood flow to the tissue. A portable sitz bath, placed on the toilet, is an ideal way to get warm water to the wound. To keep the area clean and to prevent irritation, use a squirt or “peri” bottle to flush the area with water after urination. The health care provider may order a topical ointment, spray or cream for the area to enhance comfort. In addition oral medication may be ordered for pain. It is important to report any temperature greater than 100.4 (F), intense pain in the perineum or inability to pass urine or stool. In about 2-4 weeks the episiotomy will heal and the stitches will be absorbed.

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