If you received an episiotomy or had to have your bottom stitched, these stitches will dissolve and need not be removed. We recommend that you soak your bottom twice daily in the bath tub with whatever temperature is most comfortable for you. We do not recommend bubble baths during this time, as the soap can irritate your bottom. Some women prefer to use Epsom salt in the water. This is perfectly fine to use, but we do not recommend using Epsom salt that is scented.
The hospital will give you a squirt bottle (called a peri spray bottle) that you can fill with water to clean your bottom every time you use the toilet. It is important that you use this every time you use the toilet, as this will help your bottom feel better sooner and help facilitate the healing process.