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Infected stitches after birth

Unfortunately some women who have had an episiotomy or perineal tear suffer from infected stitches after birth. Infected stitches after childbirth are not uncommon, but if you know the signs of infected stitches to look out for and manage to catch them early then they are fairly easy to treat. You can also help to prevent infected stitches after childbirth by keeping your perineal and vaginal area clean, changing your maternity towel regularly and remembering to wash hands before changing, as to avoid putting germs on the clean pad and as advised by health care professionals washing that area after each trip to the toilet.  However if you are concerned that you might have some of the symptoms of infected stitches here’s what to look out for and what you need to do to get them treated.

The symptoms and signs of infected stiches

Many infections start off with you feeling generally unwell and tired (although most women are tired with a newborn!) so if you are not feeling quite yourself or experiencing flu like symptoms it could be a sign of infected stitches after birth. There are lots of other factors to watch out for which could also be infected stitch symptoms. Here is the Femette guide to the signs that your stitches could be infected:

  • Red and swollen skin around the infected area – look out for any changes in the skin around your wound. If it looks red or feels hot to the touch it could mean there is an infection.
  • Persistent pain in the perineal area – your perineal area is bound to be sore straight after you have suffered a tear or episiotomy but if you find that the pain does not seem to be improving or if it is getting worse then it could be a symptom of an infection.
  • Discharge or pus or liquid from the wound – this a very clear sign of an infection in a wound.
  • The wound starting to open – if the wound looks like it is not healing properly or is starting to split open this could be caused by an infection under the site of the stitches.

What should you do if you think your stitches are infected after birth?

If you have any of the signs or symptoms of infected stitches after childbirth then it is important to see your GP as soon as possible. Whilst most infections are easily treated they can spread rapidly so don’t try and deal with it yourself at home – speak to a medical professional urgently.

How to treat infected stitches

Infected stitches are usually treated by antibiotics which will clear up infected stitches after birth within a few days. Your doctor will examine the wound and prescribe the correct antibiotics, and they may also offer you some pain medication too if the infection is causing discomfort to you. In very rare instances where the infection has gone deep under the skin the stitches may need to be removed and the wound cleaned and re-stitched.

You can also help to treat infected stitches by keeping your wound clean and keeping an eye out for any further symptoms or signs of infected stitches after birth. If your infection does not seem to be healing don’t hesitate to go back to your GP as you may need a further course of antibiotics.  Midwives general advice regarding healing is that pain and discomfort after the first couple of days should improve a little every day.

12 Comments

  1. FAYYAZ AHMED says:

    HELO SIR /MADEM MY WIFESHE GIVE BIRTH BABY BOY AFTER BIRTH SHE GOT STITCHES PROBLEM SHE GOT STITCHES PAIN AND SHE GOT WAST IN STITCHES SHE FEEL REALY UN WELL SHE CANT WAKE SHE CANT SIT DOWN SHE STRUGLING A LOOT I GO TO SEE GP THEY GIVE ANTIBIOTIC MADISON BUT IM NOT SURE HOW THIS HAPPEN IM NOT HAPPY WITH HOSPITAL THEY SAD THIS IS NORMAL CASE BUT IM WORRY ABOUT WIFE SHE TOTALY UN WELL

  2. Nomvano says:

    Hi…I gave birth to my child 3years ago and I was also having stitches and they healed that time. Only to find out after 3years that part where there were stitches began to be swollen again. Its too swollen and after that that area looks like wound. Its difficult even to walk. I’m just sleeping. What could be the problem?

  3. Misa says:

    HELO SIR /MADEM how r u my wife give birth baby girl on mid of october 2016 after delivery my wife got stitches problem she gor pain in that stitched area and swelling and white fluid came from that stitched area no doctor can deduct this problem still we are suffering this issues and still try to identifying this problem what is fuild type either this pusse or any thing else we visited lot of doctors and surgeons they give medicines and ask this issues resolve naturally, but surgeons says it is operatable issues. now my wife feel pain and swelling and white fluid from that area.

  4. anum umair says:

    Hey.. I gave birth before 5 weeks almost.. My stiches had become healed but after some weeks they started hurt again continuously.. I toched the area and feel like pimple there.. Is it infection?

    • Femette says:

      You will be due a six-week check, but please seek medical advice straight away as it should not start to ‘hurt again’. Hope all goes OK.

  5. Gisell says:

    I’ gave birth a week ago and I’ve been sitting cris cross is that bad?

    • Femette says:

      No – as long as you are not in pain or stitching the stitches. You should also check with your health visitor.

  6. nahla says:

    hi hello madam sir. i gave birth almost a month now, but a few days ago.. im having pus vaginal discharge.. and my stitches still in pain everytime when i sit

  7. Sowmya says:

    Hi…I gave birth to my child 6months ago and I was also having stitches and they healed that time. Only to find out after 6months that part where there were stitches began to swollen and itz painful. Its difficult even to walk and sit. I’m just sleeping. What could be the problem?

    • Femette says:

      You must wash yourself after each visit to the bathroom to soothe and aid the healing process this also helps to keep the area free from infection.

      I would seek medical advice straight away as you may have an infection and if left may become worse.

  8. Nontobeko Xulu says:

    Hey my apisotomy has been septic and go back to the hospital they gave me antibiotics now it healing beacuse i do not have any pain anymore but the stiches appears the vagina is opened. Is it possible to repear itself or I need to be restiched.

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