This is a protocol for a Cochrane Review (Intervention). The objectives are as follows:
To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of localised cooling treatments compared with:
(i) no treatment;
(ii) alternative forms of cooling treatments; and
(iii) alternative non-cooling treatments applied to the perineum following perineal trauma sustained during childbirth. To meet this objective, we will examine the effect of these treatments on pain, bruising and oedema and consider how each of these affects activities such as daily living, breastfeeding, attending to baby and intercourse. We will also consider other factors, including depression and women's views of and experience with treatments for perineal pain relief.