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Londongirl84 Thu 27-Feb-14 15:01:17

I have birth 3 days ago and although my stitches feel like they're healing, as in the pain is easing, I'm a little bit concerned as they seem to be leaking a bit of pus. Sorry- way too much information!! Is this ok? Midwife visiting again tomorrow.

mayhew Thu 27-Feb-14 15:44:54

If you have an infection, you always get increasing pain in my experience. Keep clean with plain water, pat dry with kitchen roll. Ask the midwife to have a look tomorrow.

GingerMaman Thu 27-Feb-14 15:46:45

Get the midwife to have a look. She should be able to spot something. She might ask you to go to GP to get a swab, if she is concerned.

Stitches take a while to heal. Mine took about two months, and then a further two months to fully heal. All the best x

Londongirl84 Fri 28-Feb-14 06:33:24

Thank you both so much x

CustardCream2014 Fri 28-Feb-14 10:27:19

Mine got infected as I wasn't drying them properly - I was advised to dry with a hair dryer which felt odd but really helped. Don't worry too much if they are infected, mine cleared up fine after a week long course of antibiotics.

lighteningmcmama Fri 28-Feb-14 14:17:55

If you do use a hairdryer make sure you clean out the filter which can often be full of fluff, or you risk introducing an infection. Better still buy a cheap new hairdryer (I bought a new fan but then I was in near permanent bed rest with my stitches problems, hopefully you're nowhere near that so a clean hairdryer would be more practical)

Franchini Fri 28-Feb-14 18:30:49

Agree with drying with hair dryer. Also lie on bed with knees up and legs apart for a few minutes, as this helps with the drying! Not very elegant but seemed to work for me.

iamusuallybeingunreasonable Fri 28-Feb-14 18:33:20

Don't use kitchen roll, it's full of chemicals and usually rough to touch!! Normal nice toilet roll or a clean dry flannel each time

Moleyjay Fri 28-Feb-14 18:42:26

I got an infection almost straight away! I certainly knew something was amiss. The pain was terrible.

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