When one first shops for incontinence protection, one may be overwhelmed by all the different options available in the market. How exactly to choose the right product can be challenging. There are several things to note when selecting incontinence products:
– Size — A wrong fit is either when is too large or too small and that will not be effective in managing urine leaks. That’s why it’s important to measure one’s waist, hips, and thighs and match it to the manufacturer’s sizing guide. Do note that one may be a medium for one brand, but a large for another brand.
– Absorbency — Severity of the person’s incontinence is the main factor to choosing the type of incontinence product. If one experiences light bladder leakage or dribbling, one might only need an incontinence pad or guard. Another may need an adult brief or diaper if he has constantly loses large volume of urine, especially at night.
– Gender-specific — There are many unisex options in the market but may not provide the best incontinence protection for the different needs of each gender. A gender-specific product is designed to protect men and women where they need it most. Choosing from men and women incontinence products can provide a better fit and more comfort for one’s specific needs.
– Cost — Incontinence supplies can be expensive, though cost shouldn’t be the sole factor when choosing a product. Besides, a cheaper diaper may indicate cheaper quality and lower performance level, and so one may ended up having to change more often. Be sure to choose a product with an appropriate absorption, better quality and comfort. Alternatively, one can try using washable products or buying in bulk. Purchasing online instead of in stores not only provides discreet delivery, but it can also help to save money where suppliers often offer discounts.
Other concerns may include wicking capabilities for quick absorbency and better skin health; side barriers for leakage prevention; odour control and pH neutralization; a wetness indicator that shows when a product needs changing; and other features such as easy closures with tapes or Velcro for adjustments and easy removal.
Washable or Disposable Diapers, Which Is Better?
There are many different kinds of incontinence supplies to choose from. Which incontinence product to use would depend on both one’s unique needs as well as his/her personal preference? Start by asking oneself or his/her caregiver whether one should use disposable or washable absorbent undergarments.
Both options come with pros and cons, depending on your situation. For instance, washable underwear tends to be quite soft and comfortable and feel very similar to regular underwear; however, they’re less absorbent than disposable options and can be bulky. Washable undergarments might be right if one experiences part-time incontinence and doesn’t require heavy protection.
In addition to their convenience, disposable undergarments use advanced technology to absorb liquid and control odour, making them a great option for those who experience incontinence more frequently or require a high degree of absorption. Disposable products also provide more skin protection with wicking capabilities that pull fluid away from the skin.
If one is still unable to decide between the two, it is always possible to supplement the protection of a reusable undergarment with disposable pads or liners as needed. The best way to find out which incontinence aid best meets your needs and complements your lifestyle is to try out different kinds. To do so, one can start by purchasing each type in small quantities.
Adult Brief vs. Pull-Up Underwear
The two most absorbent incontinence undergarments are the adult diaper and the protective underwear. Understanding the differences between the two can help you choose which one best fits one’s needs.
Adult diapers, also know as adult briefs, are suitable for those who are limited in mobility or in the hands of a caretaker. Since they come with easy side tabs, adult diapers can be easily changed while sitting or lying down and without having to completely remove clothing. Adult diapers are also typically more absorbent and best for overnight protection and those with heavy to severe incontinence. Most adult diapers also come with a wetness indicator strip that shows caregivers when a changing is needed.
Protective underwear, also known as pull up underwear, are best for mobile individuals suffering from moderate to heavy incontinence. Dignity is also maintained as these products can be pulled up and down like regular underwear. They even look and feel like normal underwear as more manufacturers are pushing towards more form-fitting protective undergarments specifically designed for the special needs of men and women. Protective underwear feature breathable panels, elastic waistbands, and anti-leak guards for better comfort, a close fit, and maximum protection against leakage. For those who have caretakers, yet don’t want to wear a diaper, some protective underwear, tear away sides, offer easy removal for caregivers, yet maintaining user dignity.
Preventing Diaper Leaks
Diaper leakages often happen when one is wearing the wrong type of incontinence product, wrong size or he/she is wearing it for too long or overflow. Having a wrong fit won’t provide the best protection, in fact besides leakages, it also lead to more issues such as skin problem, bad odour and messiness. So, one should put in efforts to ensure right fit for maximum comfort.
If leakage is caused by wearing it for too long or overflow, one can prevent it by changing it as soon as soiling occurs. Wearing a diaper for too long can also develop skin problem, such as painful rashes, due to the to urination or bowel movements. If one knows that he/she won’t be able to change for a while, then wear a more absorbent undergarment with anti-leak guards, something that can last through long hours or overnight. And of course, possibly choose gender-specific incontinence products can also help to prevent leaks as these are designed to protect men and women where they need it most.
Essential Products for Bedridden Individuals or Wheelchair Users
Bedridden individuals and wheelchair users usually stay in one position for long hours at a time. This means that they’re at high risk for skin breakdown, diaper rashes, and bedsores, especially if they experience urinary or fecal incontinence. In addition to repositioning and cleaning often, choosing the right incontinence product is essential in protecting against leakage and skin infections for these individuals.
Quality incontinence products with high absorbent, adult diaper with refastenable tabs and a wetness indicator strip make it easy for caregivers to change the individuals without having to completely remove clothing. Choose breathable adult diapers that come with moisture wicking capabilities for diaper comfort and skin protection.
Reusable bed pads with straps are good options as these protect the skin from moisture and making wheelchair transferring and bed rolling easier for caregivers. Another essential product for bed-bound individuals and wheelchair users is a soap-free moisturizing cleanser, as these individuals are limited in mobility, their skin can become highly sensitive.