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    Default Stitches after a perineal tear - how long til I can sit down?!

    As Sehan said, apply ice packs, but only 20mins at a time.

    I had a 4th degree tear, and ice packs and panadol were my life savers.

    I used pads. Wet them completely, then put in the freezer.

    Hugs, it does get better.

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    Default Stitches after a perineal tear - how long til I can sit down?!

    Xylocaine, a numbing gel you can get from the chemist. Tbh I didn't use it on my tear as such, but it stopped the graze from stinging.

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    Default Stitches after a perineal tear - how long til I can sit down?!

    I remember the pain!
    I used to pee in the shower to avoid sitting on the toilet. I found to help the swelling of having a baby and the stitches was wet wipes, like the FLUSHABLE toilet ones. Not lying directly flat, on my side helped a lot too.

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    oh and my doula also showed me the trick of using natural honey on a pad on the tear to help it heal

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    Default Re: Stitches after a perineal tear - how long til I can sit down?!

    ouch, you poor thing, i remember that feeling. just a word of warning about the ice.. i was told in hospital that they dont like giving you ice to put on it after a few days as it decreases the blood flow to the area and slows down the healing process.
    from memory mine was really bad for the first week then gradually started to get better. hope it gets better quickly as its definitley not pleasant

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    Default Re: Stitches after a perineal tear - how long til I can sit down?!

    I had a 2nd degree episiotomy, i found the swelling and thus pain intensified alot around day 3, i came home day 7 and felt something 'go' around day 10 which helped with the pain, it took me a few months to feel better

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    Default Stitches after a perineal tear - how long til I can sit down?!

    Ibobrufen and panadol was amazing, I did salt water baths and used stay free pads cus they were so cushiony. Flushed with hot water and had a bottle of water with me in the toilet to flush and wet the toilet paper so didnt hurt as much. I have a 4th degree tear and I'm almost 4weeks after birth, it still aches. It's alot better than before though.

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    Default Stitches after a perineal tear - how long til I can sit down?!

    You should only ice in the first 24 hours..any time after that it's not particularly helpful to the swelling (which is more inflammation by then and less actual fluid based swelling) and it can slow the healing process by decreasing blood flow.

    Day 4-7 are normally worse as the different layers of skin and muscle start to heal closed at different rates.

    Take Ural for minimizing pee related stinging and panadol or nurofen (not sure re breastfeeding?) for general pain. A thick pad and firm undies can feel better as the pressure can feel more supportive on the perenium.

    And know.....'this too shall pass'. In a week or so you will be surprised at how great the area feels in comparison.

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    I'm 7 days pp with a second degree too, I hear you! I have a pump water bottle that I fill with warm water and squirt down there while I wee, then dab with paper and dry off with a hair dryer. I put some witch hazel in the water every few wees. I've had a couple of salt baths too which were so soothing, and panadol all the way. I feel heaps better now than a few days ago so hang in there!


 

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