Caring For A Caesarean Incision

After your Caesarean, recovery will become an important part of your every day routine, and this will include caring for your incision. The first 24 hours after your Caesarean, most doctors will leave the large bandage over the incision. Once the bandage is removed, your nurses will monitor and care for the area.

However, once you are at home, caring for your incision will be up to you. Your doctor will give you instructions on the basic care, but, most women find their own unique way of easing the pain as well as caring for the incision. Here are a few tips that will help:

**Prepare a “work” area with peroxide, gauze strips and antibiotic ointment. Soak the gauze strips in peroxide and gently apply to the incision. When applying the strips with sutures, be careful not to get the gauze snagged. Apply the peroxide generously. Pat the area dry and apply a generous amount of antibiotic ointment.

**You will probably notice that the waistband of your underwear tends to get snagged on the sutures of your incision. Try lining gauze along the incision to create a “boundary” between the incision and the waistband.

**Your incision will itch those first few weeks. Don´t scratch it, and report to your doctor if it becomes inflamed.

**You might not want to, but it´s important to take a look at your incision at least two-three times a day. This will help you to identify any changes such as redness or swelling.

**Until the incision has healed, it is best to stay out of bath tubs. Instead, take a hot shower if you need to soak the day away.

**If your incision becomes inflamed, swollen, or starts to leak or if you start to run a fever of more than 101 Farenheit, call your doctor immediately.

**If you notice ANY abnormalities with your scar, notify your doctor as soon as you can.

The time frame of suture removal varies between doctors, with some removing them as early as seven to ten days, and others as late as two weeks. The removal of the sutures is a painless procedure. Most women feel a mild pinching sensation, and others feel nothing at all. Once the sutures are removed, it is still important to keep a close eye on your scar, as it will still be healing.

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