The number of women opting for c-section baby has increased by the passing year. Right after giving birth to be completely engrossed in your baby is quite common. But if you have had a cesarean delivery to take care of your health should be the priority. The entire process is intensely surgical, which makes it open to the risk of contracting a post-cesarean infection. The wound will take its own time to heal and the stitches will fall off when they are due. But if by any chance the wounds get infected, it will need extra care and precautions.
C- section is basically an incision made on your body that is like a wound, like any wound, there is always a chance for it to get infected. Extra care should be taken of the wound to avoid any such infections.
Causes of Scar infection
- Suffering a large loss of blood during the cesarean delivery.
- If your Cesarean delivery and labor have lasted longer than usual.
- The absence of antibiotics or any pre-surgery care to prevent infection.
- History of having cesarean deliveries.
- Prenatal checkups have been erratic during the course of pregnancy.
- Consumption of steroids for extended periods.
- The amniotic fluid is infected along with the fetal membrane, leading to chorioamnionitis while labor is in progress.
- Having a condition of diabetes or diseases that weaken the immune system, such as HIV.
- Being obese.
Symptoms of c-section infection
The only way one can understand if one has an infection is to get a closer look at there incision to know what is going on. If the area of an incision is red and has swelled with some pain it could be the symptom. After giving birth the abdominal pain should decline by each day but if instead, it is increasing it is due to something wrong. If your wound is not getting better and is stinking. To determine if you have infection pay attention to your vaginal discharge, if it has a bad odor and if the bleeding is too much and consists of clots these are all symptoms of an infection. If you notice any of these symptoms make sure to consult your doctor immediately.
Types of infection
Some women may require catheters to facilitate passing of urine which increases the chance of urinary tract infections, due to the bacteria called E.coli.
After the delivery the incision becomes quite tender and inflamed. The area around the wound starts to swell up causing the bacteria infecting the cavity of the tissue, leading to the formation of pus. It starts leaking out from the incision as well.
If you start to notice redness and swelling around your wound it could be a sign of cellulitis. This is primarily due to the bacteria the staphylococcal or streptococcal strains.
In some cases the infection can reach the uterus and cause discomfort the uterine lining. It is due to the bacteria that cause the prior abscesses, resulting in this condition, which is termed as endometritis. This causes alot of pain to the mother with high fever and vaginal discharge.
Thrush usually affects women with weak immunity combined with steroid consumption. It is caused by a fungus called candida. It can cause a yeast infection or even mouth sores, due to the absence of good bacteria to keep the regions healthy.
Precaution for a C-section wound
If you see any abnormal symptoms in your body do not ignore it and get it checked immediately. Take proper care of the wound, wear loose clothes, avoid any kind of pressure on the wound. Clean your wound regularly it will avoid any infections and bacteria from the wound. If your body temperature is constantly high get it checked.
Having a new baby and having gone through a surgery is two complex things at once, you will need time to adjust but do not compromise your health. Feel free to ask for health during this time from you partner and loved once.