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How to identify that the stitching is infected?

ight now ? Please type yoHur query here... hi I just had a baby 6 days ago the Dr cut me to get my baby out. I haven't really been taking it easy cause my baby is in NICU so I've been havingt to go back and forth......I wanna know how I can tell if me stitching is infected? And what I can continue to do to heal faster.....how long do theytake to dissolve???
                                                                 
Sat, 26 Dec 2015
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Hello. and I hope I can help you today.

You had an incision made in the opening of your vagina to help your baby pass, called an episiotomy. It was sutured at the delivery and normally takes 6 weeks to heal completely. The stitches dissolve by themselves by 6 weeks so they do not need to be removed.

Being on your feet is not really a risk for injuring your sutures, so you do not need to worry about your visits to the NICU. Symptoms of infection in the area include increased pain over time, green pus discharge and redness.

So as long as you keep the area clean, and refrain from sexual activity, the area should heal normally in 6 weeks.

I hope I was able to adequately answer your question today and that my advice was helpful.

Best wishes,

Dr. Brown
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