24. Postpartum problems that require investigation by
a. Vaginal bleeding soaking more than one pad per hour should be reported.
b. A foul or unusual odor to lochia (vaginal bleeding) is also important to report to the physician/practitioner.
c. The inability to void (urinate) or completely empty bladder needs investigation as well.
d. A flu-like feeling, fever, or chills should be referred to the physician/practitioner.
e. A fever above 100.4'F for more than a day requires attention. (Fever up to 100.4'F may occur for a day when the milk comes in.)
f. Any redness/tenderness of the breast or a reddened lump in the breast should be reported.
g. Any change in the odor and/or color in breast milk needs investigation.
h. Extreme tenderness of the episiotomy also requires the physician/practitioner's attention.
i. Tenderness above the pubic bone, accompanied by frequency and/or urgency when urinating should be referred to the physician/practitioner.
j. If any part of the incision becomes separated, call the physician/practitioner.
k. Drainage from the surgical incision
requires medical attention.
||l. Increased redness or warmness of the incision should be reported.|
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