Mattress protection is critical when dealing with adult bedwetting. Disposable products, such as adult briefs and protective underwear, may help protect the mattress, but accidents can happen. If you or your loved one experiences enuresis at night, there are various waterproof pads that can be used to keep the mattress dry and clean:
- Mattress underpads, or mattress overlays, are small waterproof pads that lay on top of your sheets. These pads act as the first line of defense against bedwetting; they don’t protect the entire bed, but they do cover the middle portion of the bed, where it’ll most likely get wet. Available in disposable and washable styles, waterproof underpads are very popular because they’re easy to clean and replace.
- Vinyl covers are the most economical option for bedwetting. They are affordable and can easily be wiped with a damp cloth. These mattress protectors come in a fitted style and encasement (zippered) style. The zippered covers not only protect against urine, but also protect against bed bugs, dustmites and other allergens.
- Breathable mattress covers are a great alternative for those who don’t want to sleep on vinyl. Unlike vinyl, breathable mattress protectors allow for air circulation, so the sleeper remains cool during the hotter months and warm during the colder months. This may be ideal for elderly adults and children. Like vinyl covers, these covers also come in fitted and zippered styles.
- Mattress pads are the most comfortable type of waterproof bedding. They’re thick, usually with 3-4 layers of mattress protection. Customers enjoy this particular style because it comes with anchor bands to secure it to the mattress. However, keep in mind that since they’re plush and thick, mattress pads take a while to wash and dry.
Depending on your situation, different waterproof solutions may work better. No matter which type you choose, be rest assured that your mattress will stay protected and in-tact for many years to come.