Hand hygiene is essential to prevent infections in new mums.
If you have a perineal wound (stitches in your bottom) or a caesarean section wound you must always wash your hands before you touch these areas.
Keep your wound clean and dry. After a bath or shower be sure to gently dry these areas.
If you experience an increase in pain, any smelly loss from your wound, or if the wound becomes very tender, please report this to your midwife or the advice line as soon as possible.
Even if you didn’t require stitches ensure you take good care of yourself including washing your hands and bathing or showering each day.
Watch out for stomach or back pain that does not settle with paracetamol, smelly loss from your vagina, feeling hot or shivery or shaky and cold and flu symptoms as these are signs of infection that should be reported as soon as possible!