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How to choose the right type of incontinence products?

Posted by Mira Chen on

Before you assume that incontinence only affects elderly, ill and bedridden, it is important to know that over 10% of the population is affected by Urinary Incontinence. If you are reading this post for yourself, or are looking for information for someone you are caring for, it’s important to put together a good incontinence management plan.

The first thing you need to do is find a right product.

With so many different types of products on the market, it can seem confusing at first. We’re going to run down some of the more popular items.

What type of incontinence product should you choose?

(1)Disposable or cloth. You’ll find cost is the main difference. Cloth diapers can be washed over and over again. But if you do not like the idea of washing soiled diapers, it’s easier and more convenient to buy disposable diapers.

(2)Pads/Liners/Guards/Shields. For a light bladder leakage, pad is usually a great choice. And we found that many women use menstrual pads when they first experience incontinence. Menstrual pads aren't designed to absorb urine and don't provide the coverage and protection that pads designed for incontinence will provide.

(3)Booster Pads: Booster pads are also known as doublers or inserts. We are asked about the difference between pads and “booster pads”. Unlike pads, booster pads are used with disposable undergarment or brief to increase the protection level. They do not have waterproof backing which allows the wetness to flow through the booster pad and into the brief underneath and prevents leaks from the leg openings.

(4)Belted Undergarment: Belted undergarments are commonly used when heavier protection is needed than a light bladder leakage pad can provide. They consist of a front to back absorbent pad with holes to connect belts in both front and back. These are more open on the sides than pull-on and are easier to put on for those with limited dexterity in their feet. They also offer the flexibility of changing while standing without removing pants or shoes. These will not be an ideal solution for side-sleepers or when very high absorbency is needed although a booster pad can be used to increase capacity.

(5)Briefs. There are 3 main types of briefs: fitted briefs, pull-ons and overnight briefs.

   -fitted briefs: Fitted briefs are tab-style briefs that are refastenable with either tape or velcro. All feature a waterproof backing made from either the traditional plastic material or the softer non-woven cloth-like material. Many customers prefer fitted brief style diapers if the patient needs assistance from a caregiver, especially at night.

  -pull-ons: Pull-On diapers are often referred to as protective underwear. They feature an absorbent lining with elastic around waist and legs to contain leaks. Some brands have underwear specifically designed for men or women, however, the most absorbent pull-ons are uni-sex.

  -overnight: Overnight fitted briefs are tab-style briefs that have added absorbency for all-night protection. Many customers wear overnight briefs during the day as well for extra protection. Featuring refastenable tape or velcro style tabs, overnight briefs tend to have less leakage from the legs than pull-ons, especially for men with thinner legs. Overnight fitted briefs allow both the patient and the caregiver to sleep all night without changes yet stay dry to prevent skin breakdown due to advanced polymers in the lining.

So now you have an idea on all the different incontinence products. Let us hear from you if you have any more questions. 

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