This post is for those who are new to wearing incontinence briefs – whether you’re caring for someone with bladder problems or are experiencing the condition yourself.
Putting on and changing an adult diaper can be tricky, especially if you’ve never had practice before. The process is similar to changing a baby’s diaper. To make matters easier, Abena has created three visuals depicting how to change a loved one’s diaper while they’re lying down or in an upright position, as well as how to change your own brief while standing. This is a great resource as most instructions on changing an adult diaper don’t come with graphics.
These visuals describe how to put on an Abena Abri-Form Brief, which is one of the most absorbent diapers we carry. However, these instructions can be applied to all other brands of adult diapers.
“My elderly parent just started wearing Depends. Recently, I’ve noticed some rashes on my dad’s bottom. Can you tell me why this is happening?”
Adult diaper rashes can be caused by two main factors:
- Not changing the diaper enough
- Using the wrong diaper
Urinary incontinence occurs when you cannot control your bladder and unexpectedly leak urine. Although common, incontinence should not be considered as normal. How do you know if you have incontinence? Use the checklist below to find out:
- Do you wear pads to help prevent leakage?
If so, are you wearing the right kind? There are absorbent pads designed specifically for incontinence. These pads are similar to menstrual pads.
- Do you leak urine when you sneeze, cough, laugh or simply stand up from a sitting position? Or how about when you engage in any physical activity, like a sport or lifting heavy objects? Continue reading
“I am several months post-partum and I’m still having troubling with leakage problems. I’ve heard about exercise weights that I can use to tone my vaginal muscles. Can you tell me more about these weights?”
What you’re referring to are vaginal weights, or vaginal cones. These weights are small plastic cones that are graduated in size with a string at the end. They’re inserted and removed from your vagina, like a tampon.
“I am overweight and I have problems controlling my bladder. Sometimes I have accidents and it’s so embarrassing! My friend mentioned suggested that I lose weight to help stop the leaks. Is this true – will losing weight improve my incontinence problem?”
Excess weight can add pressure onto your abdominal area, which pushes onto your bladder and causes urine to involuntarily leak out. This type of incontinence is called stress urinary incontinence (SUI).