A cesarean or C-section is usually done as a last resort and there’s good reason behind it. Unlike natural birth, Cesarean is a surgical process and this means that there are certain risks associated with it and an infection is one of them. This type of infection is commonly referred to as postcesarean infection or just C-section infection. These infections can happen on the incision site due to bacteria or in the abdomen itself.
How do you know you have a C-section infection?
There are certain signs and symptoms that you should keep your eye out on to quickly recognize a C-section infection and curb it at the initial stages. These are:
1. Severe abdominal pain.
2. Redness at the surgical incision site.
3. Swelling accompanied with or without pain at the incision site.
4. Any kind of discharge or pus from the stitches.
5. A fever higher than 100.4℃.
6. Urinary problems.
7. Vaginal discharge that is foul smelling.
8. Any sort of bleeding that may or may not contain clots.
Are you more likely to have a Cesarean infection?
Cesarean infections predominantly occur due to improper hygiene habits but certain groups of individuals are a higher risk of this infection and they are:
1. Obese or overweight women.
2. Women who’ve had a C-section previously.
3. Women with diabetes.
4. Women who take steroids.
5. Women who’ve had excessive blood loss during birthing.
How is it treated?
Depending on the type of organism that is causing the infection, treatment varies. If it’s a bacteria then antibiotics are given either in oral form (mild infection) or in the form of drips(if it’s a little extreme).
If an abscess is found underneath the skin, then just the antibiotics won’t help. The fluid is first drained from the abscess and the wound is washed with a sterile solution. The wound is then dressed and you will be asked to get the wound checked regularly.
How to avoid getting a Cesarean infection?
1. Follow your doctor’s instructions about caring for the wound.
2. Any medications such as antibiotics that were prescribed by your doctor should not be skipped or stopped until you finish the entire course of treatment.
3. Cleaning and dressing your wound regularly is very important.
4. Tight clothing is not recommended.
5. If you’re breastfeeding then avoid letting your baby exert pressure on the wound.
6. If you see any of the symptoms mentioned above then consult your doctor immediately.
If you did get a Cesarean, then the chances of getting an infection are very slim so don’t worry too about it. Focus on the healing process and everything will fall into place.
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