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.
One of the many concerns associated with urinary incontinence is how to control odor. It can be difficult to do so while managing bladder problems, especially when you’re constantly around people. Fortunately there are strategies you can use to help minimize odors and keep you smelling fresh at all times:
- Drink water. Oftentimes, foul urine odors come from not drinking enough water. Many people with urinary incontinence believe that drinking less will help solve their bladder control problems. However, if you dress less, your urine becomes concentrated and will have a foul odor. Plus, dehydration can irritate the bladder, creating frequent urges to go.
Disposable incontinence underwear (also called adult pull ups or protective underwear) offer a great way for people with bladder problems to manage their leaks while also leading an active life. There are many different styles of adult pull ups to choose from and it’s important that you choose the right type to prevent embarrassing accidents. When choosing disposable incontinence underwear, ask yourself the following questions:
Incontinence pads are ideal for people with light incontinence. This means you don’t so much that you need an adult brief, but you leak just enough to need some light protection to keep dry. Incontinence pads are not one size fits all; in fact, they come in different lengths, widths, styles and absorbencies. One person may choose the Tena Pad, while another person may prefer the Tena Serenity Active Ultra pads.
The options for incontinence pads are vast and can be overwhelming for first time buyers. Read below to find out what you should consider when choosing an incontinence pad:
- Size/length of pad – Every body is made differently, which means we all leak differently. Some of us may need an extra-long pad, while others may need something wider. The Abena AbriSan Pads come in an impressive 11 different sizes to accommodate practically anyone with light incontinence.
The Kegelmaster is a exercise device used to help women strengthen their pelvic floor muscles. In addition to treating poor bladder control, this kegel exerciser also helps improve sexual pleasure. Before using the Kegelmaster, make sure that you empty your bladder and hand wash the device with soap and water.