Gone are the days of the bulky adult diaper! With new technology & environmental awareness, comes new incontinence products to make your life easier.
There are a wide variety of incontinence products available now for managing incontinence. What you choose for yourself, or for your client depends on many factors.
- Is this urine or fecal incontinence?
- Is it heavier during the day or night?
- Odor Control?
- Ease of Use?
For light incontinence you will find some very stylish incontinence products in the form of underwear. No more mesh pants if you don’t want them! Many of the incontinence underwear lines available have
- an extra thick gusset
- unique fabric at the crotch that quickly pulls moisture away from skin
- some have a waterproo
- antimicrobial & anti-odor treatment
- some have a waterproof crotch with extra room for an incontinence liner
- from thongs, to bikini’s, to briefs….cotton, lace or lycra
For ladies & men – these modern technology incontinence products have really hit the market and are flying off the shelves!
INCONTINENCE LINERS & BLADDER CONTROL PADS
For light/moderate incontinence, have you tried using a maxi or mini-pad to absorb any leakage? Well, if you have, then you’ve found out the hard way that sanitary pads were not designed for that use.
Incontinence liners & bladder control pads were designed to be considerably more absorbent and have the added benefit of a waterproof backing. There are both disposable and cloth incontinence liners & bladder control pads. With new technology – some companies even make them flushable & compostable!
ADULT DIAPERS & ADULT BRIEFS
For moderate/heavy incontinence other incontinence products are required, an adult diaper or adult brief fits that bill. Again, these are available in disposable or cloth versions, and come in many sizes from XS to XXXL. One company we found in Australia even makes them compostable & flushable! We can’t wait to find those on the North American market! That’s green thinking!
Compared to ‘diapers’ of old – modern day adult diapers & briefs are are much less bulky – but hold more! Many have ‘easy grab’ technology so they can be more adjustable for your body type. Most have elastic leg gathers to improve fit & prevent urine leakage; and air flow to help reduce other issues caused by incontinence.
MORE INCONTINENCE PRODUCTS
If you are new to the market of incontinence products – the number & choices of incontinence products can be overwhelming.
Some of the more popular incontinence products are:
- Wipes & Wascloths
- Gloves, especially if you’re a caregiver
- Odor control products – you may need something different that what is available at your box store.
- Outer pants made of nylon, vinyl or rubber for an extra level of protection.
INCONTINENCE PRODUCTS FOR MEN
Some men have problems with constantly leaking small amounts of urine may find that a drip collector may be enough. A drip collector is a small pocket of absorbent padding with a waterproof back side. The drip collector is worn over the penis and is held in place by close-fitting underwear.
Men can also use a condom catheter device. This product is placed over the penis, similar to a condom. It has a tube on the end and connects with a collection bag tied to the leg. This device can handle small or large volumes of urine with little odor, minimal skin irritation, and easy use.
Another option for men is a soft clamp called a cunningham clamp that is placed over the penis. This clamp gently keeps the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body) closed until it is released to allow emptying of the bladder. Although it can be uncomfortable at first, most men do adjust to it. It is reusable, so it can be more economical than other options.
INCONTINENCE PRODUCTS FOR CHAIR & BED PROTECTION
Underpads are flat absorbent pads used to protect bed linens and chairs. Underpads are made of absorbent material, which wicks moisture away from you to keep your skin protected. They have a waterproof backing & are available in disposable or cloth. Many cloth underpads have designs to complement your decor.
INCONTINENCE SKIN CARE PRODUCTS – KEEP YOUR SKIN DRY
IMPORTANT it is absolutely necessary to keep your skin dry if you suffer from any type of incontinence. Don’t keep a saturated incontinence pad or adult diaper in contact with your skin for long periods of time. Thoroughly clean & dry your skin. Remove all wet clothing & linen.
Don’t forget your skin! There are other incontinence products available to you for incontinence skin care. Skin care lines like Remedy, which cleanse, moisturize & protect the skin – and aren’t difficult to get off like many other products.
WHERE TO BUY INCONTINENCE PRODUCTS