Incontinence: Traveling with Your Elderly Parent

iStock_000007919957XSmall Caregivers, if you plan on traveling with your elderly parent this summer, you must first prepare on how to accommodate for your loved one’s needs. From incontinence products to senior-friendly activities, there’s a lot to take into consideration. The travel tips below are ideal for those who are limited in mobility and/or suffer from incontinence issues:

  1. Keep it simple. Try not to plan so many activities at once, and know your loved one’s limits. Going on a long hiking excursion may be a little too overwhelming for mom and dad, but sightseeing in the city using a rollator could be less strenuous.
  2. Pack appropriately. Adult briefs, incontinence pads, wet wipes, diaper rash cream, medication – the list could go on and on. Bring a travel kit, and make sure your parent wears loose clothing, or clothing with minimal loop buttons and zippers. Elastic waistbands are best when it comes time to use the bathroom.
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Treating Incontinence After Pregnancy

With all the talk of Kate Middleton and the royal baby (it’s a boy!), I thought it’d be appropriate to revisit the topic of incontinence after giving birth.

As many as 70% of women will experience bladder leakage, or stress incontinence, during or after pregnancy. You may unexpectedly leak urine while sneezing, laughing, coughing, exercising, or doing anything that puts pressure onto your bladder. Some women will let out just a few drops, while the less fortunate ones may completely wet their pants.

Stress incontinence after pregnancy can be caused by several things:

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Staying Cool in the Summer While Wearing Adult Diapers

It’s finally Friday! But while you may want to enjoy the sun, this scorching heat wave we’re currently experiencing can be torturous – especially if you’re wearing an incontinence diaper. As you start to sweat, your private area gets super moist and itchy, to the point where it just becomes unbearable. However, there are some simple ways to keep cool during the summer while managing incontinence – here are a few:

  1. Wear breathable diapers. Compared to plastic back diapers, breathable briefs are typically thinner and allow for air circulation. Some popular ones include Attends Breathables and Tena Stretch. If you prefer traditional plastic diapers, try to find the lightest one you can use, and then add a booster pad for extra absorbency.
  2. Use powder. Baby powder, corn starch-type powder, and Gold Bond can all help keep your privates cool during the hot summer heat. Some powders are even scented, which is a plus! Try not to get any powder on your diaper’s tape tabs, as they won’t stick as well afterwards. Continue reading

What Doctor Should I See for Incontinence?

“I’ve been leaking urine unexpectedly. What type of doctor should I see for urinary incontinence?”

iStock_000011047279XSmall First off, it’s great that you’re seeking medical help for your bladder control problems. Many people are often reluctant to talk to anyone, including a doctor, about incontinence until the problem gets worse. However, there are treatment options available so you don’t have to suffer in silence.

Start with your primary care physician. He or she will rule out any infections and can help you determine what type of incontinence you may be experiencing. If the condition is caused by medication or a specific diet, it’ll be easy to fix. If it’s due to a weak pelvic floor, you may be advised to perform Kegel exercises – in this case, you might find it helpful to see a pelvic floor therapist.

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