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#1 of 5 Old 02-10-2008, 02:47 PM - Thread Starter
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I am having a postnatal visit with a client who had a 2nd degree tear at her birth on Wed. Any comfort measures, advice I can give her for optimum comfort and healing? I know rest, tissue-repairing nutrition (protein, vit a, c, e), no stairs, honey on pads, sitz baths.

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a homebirth midwife around here recommends aloe vera on the tear

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Arnica, and witch hazel pads. Keep them in the fridge so that it is cool when placed on the sutures.
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No chair sitting, keep weight and pressure off the wound. Recliner ok, laying around is even better.
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A donut to sit on. They make ones with covers so you can be more discreet.
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