How to Buy Adult Diapers: 4 Things to Consider

Daughter and Mother2Millions of Americans experience incontinence. If you know someone that is starting to have decreased bladder or bowel control, you will want to locate adult diapers that will work properly.

When buying adult diapers for urinary incontinence or fecal incontinence, there are four key things to consider: size, material, absorbency, and odor elimination. Firstly, size is important as an ill-fitting diaper can lead to discomfort and leakage. Secondly, the material of the diaper should be comfortable, breathable and skin-friendly. Thirdly, a high level of absorbency is essential to prevent embarrassing accidents, and finally, odor elimination can help keep the wearer feeling confident and fresh throughout the day.

Here are the top four things to consider when purchasing adult diapers.

1. Size

Size is the number one priority for incontinence products. Many people believe that a larger diaper will hold more but this is a myth. An adult diaper that is too large or too small will not manage leaks effectively. They will either overflow or leak. Follow the manufacturer’s sizing guide to ensure they will fit. Keep in mind that a medium in one brand may be equal to a small in another brand. The sizing charts differ. In addition, search for bariatric products if needed.

2. Material

The two types of materials are plastic back and breathable. Typically the breathable are preferred because they allow for air flow. They also tend to be thinner so they are less apparent.

3. Absorbency

The severity of the incontinence dictates the amount of absorbency required. The range in capability can be from several ounces to several cups of fluid. It may be necessary to use a different level of absorbency for nighttime than during the day since it is common to lose a large quantity of urine overnight. Liquid absorption is important because it will prevent the skin from being moist which can cause irritation or a sore. The goal is to achieve dry, healthy skin.

4. Odor elimination

No one wants to smell like urine because it is quite unpleasant. Search for a high performance diaper that will eliminate odor by controlling the bacteria that causes odor. This will be more pleasant for everyone. In addition, the neutralization of bacteria will reduce the likelihood of urinary tract infections and skin issues. Other features of some Tranquility products are:

  • Breathable outer layer
  • Quick and easy removal with tear away side seams
  • Moisture and odor are locked in
  • Easy to read size and easy to determine which side is the back of the garment.

Keep in mind that the person with incontinence is not only dealing with the associated physical issues, but emotional challenges as well. They may feel embarrassed, anxious, depressed, and frustrated. Dealing with the physical issues by providing the best adult diapers is a great start. In addition, seek emotional support as well such as connect with others who also face the issue of incontinence.

Robert Recker 

Robert is a Senior Manager of Content Marketing for Principle Business Enterprises, parent company of Tranquility Brand Continence Care Products. He has 15 years of experience creating online educational content in the healthcare industry, specializing in medical supplies.  

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