How To Care For Your C Section Incision, Top Tips Revealed
Your c section
incision scar will be covered by a sterile dressing to help guard against infection and you will
normally have been given antibiotics. During the first 24 – 48 hours the hospital staff will encourage you to
shower and they will then remove your dressing. Gently pat dry the area with a clean towel. It is best If you
can allow the wound to dry uncovered.
A good way to protect the wound on top of
the dressing is to place a sanitary pad attached to your clothing over the area.
Wearing boxer shorts will avoid any elastic
touching the scar area and should be much more comfortable than your normal underwear for the first few
As the wound begins to heal you may notice a
little spot bleeding, whilst the wound shouldn’t break open, a little bit of spotting isn’t usually too much of
It is common to feel a large ridge or lump
under the scar which may also feel numb and tight. These are all normal responses and should all gradually go
away in time.
very vigilant over your c section incision scar because if it becomes infected, the healing
process can take many weeks longer.
Call your doctor immediately if you
notice any of the following: -
If your c section
incision pulls apart and starts bleeding, apply an antibiotic cream, to keep any bacteria away from the
wound. Applying slight pressure to the wound may help to stop the bleeding. If the wound keeps bleeding after
you apply pressure, call your doctor.
Do not apply any creams other than an antibiotic cream until your incision
has completely healed.
Keep your c section
incision clean at all times. Wash it by using a slightly soapy wet cloth or sponge (use unperfumed
soap), squeezing it over your stomach above the wound so that the soapy water runs down over the stitches.
Don’t directly rub the incision because this could disrupt the scab that is forming.
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