How to Identify C-Section Infections

A C-Section is a surgical procedure for removing your baby from the womb. Although some c-sections are requested, they are typically an alternative to a vaginal delivery when the health of the mother or the baby warrants an alternative approach.

Like any other surgical procedure, there can be a risk of infection with a c-section. Whenever bacteria have a way to enter the body, there is always that risk, so keeping bacteria out of the wound is a primary concern.

Here is how to identify c-section infections and what you can do to prevent them.

External infections

After having a c-section, the site of your incision is vulnerable to bacterial infections. In the hospital, the nurses will show you how to properly care for your incision site, but it is important to pay attention to how the incision looks and feels so changes are easily noticed.

With an infection at the surgical site, you may notice swelling, redness or fluid coming from the incision. The fluid could be blood if you have reopened your incision in some way. Fluid that looks more like white pus signals that there could be an infection in progress.

The area could also be warm or tender to the touch. If you have staples in your skin, the area will be tender but that will subside as it heals. This tenderness is a result of the infection process. With this type of an infection you may also experience some abdominal pain.

Any such changes should be reported to your doctor immediately. He can tell you what is likely going on and possibly request you been seen for an examination. In the meantime focus on keeping the incision site clean and covered. Never touch the area without first washing your hands thoroughly.

Internal infections

Infections can also occur inside your body after a c-section. Remember that it was not only your skin that was cut during the procedure but also your uterus. Both external and internal stitches have to heal in order for your uterus to return to normal.

You won\’t see the same redness occurring if an infection happens within your internal stitches but you may have some abdominal pain, you may also develop a fever and chills as a result. A fever of 100 degrees or more is a sign that an infection may be brewing.

Infections as a result of having a c-section can also occur in the bladder or the uterus. For example, a bladder infection can sometimes occur as a result of catheterization. If you have painful urination or blood in the urine you will need to see your doctor right away. Foul-smelling vaginal discharge also indicates that an infection is lurking within your uterus.

Internal infections are a hard to prevent but keeping a close eye on early warning signs can help you address problems sooner, keeping your c-section recovery from further delay. C-sections carry with them the same risks as any surgical procedure. You can acquire an infection from incision sites both internal and external. If you recognize that something is not right, contact your doctor immediately.

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