If you’ve given birth then you know ice is often recommended in the postpartum period to help heal your perineal area. In my hospital, we do ice packs for the first 24 hours, after that we recommend a sitz bath along with either or both Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen for managing pain and excessive swelling.
Despite the dozens of articles for DIY padsicles on Pinterest – research actually shows that ice is NOT good for healing down there. The ice slows down the circulation to the area it’s applied to which doesn’t help the healing process. And heat increases the circulation too much so that’s not the right solution, either. According to the BE CALM Protocol we should allow “the inflammatory process to proceed at the rate appropriate to the level of injury.”
Despite this research saying that ice slows the healing process, I say do what makes you comfortable down there. Padsicles are a favorite and I always teach my patients how to make them at home.
How I teach my patients to make Padsicles
- Remove pad from wrapper and lay flat (save wrapper).
- Spread aloe vera from the front of the pad to the back TIP – use the clear aloe if possible because it contains no dye.
- Pour about 2 TBSP of witch hazel all over pad.
- Add 3-4 drops of lavender essential oils.
- Refold the pad and put into storage bag and place in freezer.
- When you are ready to use, remove and let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes before using.
What are your thoughts? Do you feel padsicles slowed your healing? Did you make or wear frozen pads and packs after birth?
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