Unluckily, a couple of pregnant mothers who have had a perineal tear or an episiotomy often suffer from an infected stitch after their delivery. In general, infected stitch after birth is not so uncommon. And if you would know how to tell if stitches are infected and then manage to treat them early, it would be rather simple to deal with this problem.


In addition, you could also help to keep an infected stitch after delivery from happening by, keeping the vaginal and perineal area clean, changing the maternity towel frequently and always washing your hands before changing to keep germs from being put on a clean pad.

Nevertheless, if you are worried or have a feeling that you may have a couple of common signs of an infected stitch, this useful article is that you would need to treat this problem after birth.

The common signs and symptoms of infected stitches

In general, a lot of infections often begin with tired and unwell feeling (even though most people are always tired after childbirth). Therefore, if you are experiencing signs of flu or not feeling good, it would be the symptoms of an infected stitch after delivery.

There are a lot of important things to take into consideration when you suspect if the stitch is infected or not. The following are some common signs of infected stitches:

  • The swollen and red skin at the infected area: You would try to find out any changes of your skin around the area of the wound. If it feels hot in touch or looks red, then it would mean that you are suffering from an infected stitch.
  • Continuing pain in the area of perineum: In general, this area would be likely to be sore right after the woman has suffered an episiotomy or tear. However, if it does not improve or even become worse, then your stitch might be infected.
  • Liquid, pus or discharge from the wound: this is actually a very obvious symptom of a wound infection in a woman after delivery.
  • The wound begins to open: if your wound is beginning to split open or seems not to heal correctly, it could be the result of an infection at the area of the stitches.

What would you do when noticing infected stitches after delivery?

It is really essential to see your general practitioner or doctor as soon as possible when you have some of the common symptoms or signs of an infected stitch mentioned above. While most types of infection could be treated easily, they would spread quickly so you do not attempt to deal with them at home yourself at home, but urgently ask for advice of a medical professional.

How to treat an infected stitch

In general, you could treat an infected stitch by taking antibiotics, which would clear it up after delivery just within a couple of days. For normal case, your doctor would take a careful look at the wound and then prescribe the proper type of antibiotics. In addition, they might also provide you with several medications for pain if the infected area is making you feel physically uncomfortable.

In some very rare situations, if the infections have gone under your skin too deeply, then you might need to remove the stitch, clean the wound and stitch it again.

Another common way to deal with an infected stitch is to keep the wound clean and pay attention to any further signs or symptoms of infection after delivery. If the infection does not look to heal soon, it is necessary to go back to the practitioner or doctor simply because you might need a further dose of antibiotics.

According to the general advice of some midwives, the discomfort and pain after the first several days will improve gradually each day.

Nancy D. Richardson

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