Postpartum Fever and Infections

14.12.2018
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Postpartum Fever and Infections

PThe postpartum period which lasts six weeks is one of the most important periods for mothers. In order to adapt both to the newborn and to protect their own mental and physical health, mothers should pay attention to some points during their puerperium. It is essential to take precautions to overcome some problems that can be seen during the puerperium period.

Postpartum Fever

In the first minutes after the baby is born, physiological tremor occurs in the mother due to a sudden drop in body temperature. It is a short-term illness and this shivering sometimes comes with a feeling of chills. When the mother felt uncomfortable, she can be covered by a blanket to overcome it.

On the first day of the puerperium, there is a slight increase in body temperature, but it is short term, so it returns to normal on the second day. If the body temperature rises above 38 ° C 1(98.6 degrees Fahrenheit) at different times, pregnant women should definitely consult their doctors because of the possibility of catching infections.

Psychological changes in the postpartum period

Doctors emphasize that the mental changes that occur in pregnancy can become more apparent in the postpartum period. The most important psychological change that occurs in this period is the physiological lability (emotionally fluctuating). Most of the mothers recover in a short time. In the advanced case of this disease, mothers may struggle with depression, and they definitely need to be treated in this process.

Infections During Breastfeeding

Every mother wants to breastfeed her baby. However, many women have difficulty in breastfeeding because of an infection after pregnancy. The most common infection during breastfeeding is “Lactational Mastitis”. The main reason for mastitis is the accumulation of excess milk in the breast. This infection occurs when bacteria enter through cracked nipples. Bacteria and accumulation of milk facilitate the development of infection. The infection is mostly seen in the breast, away from the nipple. The most common period is the 5th to 12th weeks after birth.

What are the symptoms of this infection?

It causes redness, pain, the warmth of the breast, and breast abscess.

How is this infection treated?

Warm compresses should be applied to the breast, and you need to take antibiotics. The mother must remove the breast milk with a pump or breastfeeding. Baby should not be weaned during infection, because breastfeeding does not harm the baby in this period.

What are the ways of protection from infection?

The best way to prevent breast infections is to pay attention to nipple care and hygiene after birth.  For example, a mother taking a shower every day and having no cracks in her nipples can apply a few drops of breast milk to her nipple after every breastfeeding. If there are cracks in the skin of the nipple, she needs to Clean the nipple with warm water and use creams for cracks.

In such cases, breastfeeding may not be possible due to infection, even if the mother wants to breastfeed her baby because of the pain they feel.

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