Caring For Your Incision: Tips for Optimal Caesarean Scar Healing
ConvaTec Post Caesarean Section Post-Caesarean Section Wound Care
by Amanda Forti, Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife, New South Wales, Australia
Your doctor will advise you on specific wound care and when to take down the dressing. Therefore, always listen to, and follow their instructions. However once at home, there are several ways you can contribute to your caesarean wound healing and prevention of complications, allowing you to stay well and focus on caring for your new baby.
Being aware that the caesarean wound not only involves the skin, but several layers below it, may help you understand why it’s important to care for your wound in different ways. And although everyone heals differently, wound healing generally takes around six weeks. Caring for your caesarean wound during this time can be achieved in the following ways.
~ Caring for your scar is important as the skin is a port of entry for infection. Practicing good hygiene and daily showering is recommended. Gently cleansing the wound with water or pH neutral product and drying thoroughly afterwards. Antiseptic washes or creams are not recommended. Do not use a hair dryer to dry the wound, as over-drying the area can delay the normal healing process. Avoid friction from tight clothing and wear breathable underwear that stretches over the wound, to prevent rubbing. Avoid touching the scar directly and do not lift scabs as the wound heals.
Amanda is the founder and creator of PREGNANCY NOW and a Clinical Midwife with over 33 years experience. She has extensive experience in maternal and women's health, newborn intensive care, and reproductive health. Amanda has helped many expectant parents laugh their way to confidence through her humorous and engaging teaching style.