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Care for your Episiotomy
  • Episiotomies take four or more weeks to fully heal.
  • During this time it is ok to take a shower or tub bath.
  • Change your sanitary napkin or pad frequently to avoid infection.
  • Rinse and clean the episiotomy with lukewarm water two to three times daily and after each urination or bowel movement using the peribottle (given to you by the hospital).
  • Use a sitz bath or a handheld shower attachment to cleanse the episiotimy.
  • Use antiseptic spray or cream for relief
  • No vaginal douching until after your first postpartum visit.

Last Updated: 12/30/2013