C-Section Incision Care

When you give birth to your baby through Caesarean Section, you can expect that you will have a longer stay in the hospital compared to those who delivered through Normal Spontaneous Birth.  During your stay, you are given pain medications for post-operative pains.

Before leaving the hospital, your staples and stitches will be removed and you will be given prescription medications for pain. But some women do not need prescribed medications anymore. They are okay with over-the-counter pain medications such as Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen.

Your doctor will also give you instructions on how to care for your C-section incision. It is vital to follow his instructions so as to prevent complications such as infections and wound dehiscence. The list may include the following:

  • Keep the wound dry and clean. Do not pour or spray water directly onto the wound. But you can wash the area with warm water several times a day. Pat the area dry and replace bandages regularly.
  • Avoid kinds of clothing that can rub against the incision because it may irritate the wound. It is advisable to wear loose clothing and pay attention to underwear bands that may come in contact with the incision wound.
  • Call your doctor immediately when you experience any of these following symptoms:
  1. Fever that is over 100 degrees F
  2. Oozing of a foul-smelling drainage or fluid from the incision
  3. Tenderness at the incision area
  4. Wound dehiscence: Separating of the edges of the incision wound
  5. Inflammation and redness

Sore Breasts and Nipples

Most postpartum mothers are looking forward to breastfeeding their newborn mainly because of the benefits their babies can get from it. Breastfeeding is a joyous experience but it can also be very painful. But mothers need not to worry because there are remedies available so there is no reason to stop nursing your babies. In fact, breastfeeding itself can relieve pain from sore breasts and nipples.

Breasts that are sore can be caused by the following:

  • Baby is not latching correctly – Encourage your baby’s mouth to open wide by brushing your nipples against his lips. Once open, pull you baby close to your breasts, his gums should bypass your breasts and nipples and he should be able to take in at least an inch of your areola.
  • Yeast infection- Thrush is an infection caused by candida albicans. Your baby’s mouth may also be infected by yeast. Check the sides of her cheek for white spots which is indicative of thrush. Ask your doctor for over-the-counter medication for this condition. However, remember that these medications should not be used on the breasts, so it is wise to ask the doctor before starting treatment.
  • Engorgement. This happens after delivery of your baby when the milk is starting to come in. Your breasts will be filled with milk and fluids causing it to engorge and be painful.  Using a breast pump especially when you cannot breastfeed your baby usually relieves discomfort.
  • Clogged milk ducts. Sometimes milk ducts become clogged and milk does not drain completely. To relieve pain, apply warm compress over the affected area and make sure that you breastfeed on this side.

Related posts:

  1. Treating the Pains and Aches of Pregnancy Part 1 : Episiotomy Tear
  2. Scar Treatment after C-section
  3. 5 Uncommon Aches and Pains during Pregnancy
  4. Pregnancy and Breast Care
  5. Coping With Post Caesarian Gas Pains

Leave a Reply