Incontinence is a sensitive subject and no one is completely exempt from bladder issues; it can affect anyone, such as athletes, young adults who are postpartum or obese, and seniors. Buying an adult diaper for the first time can be a difficult task if you’re not prepared. Here are some tips to help guide you through the process:
Find Your Size
This may be one of the most important steps. Finding the correct size not only guarantees comfort, but you will also be less likely to have leaks. There are diapers available to accommodate either male or female body parts, as well as unisex choices.
For those that require larger sizes, bariatric briefs are available in sizes XL, XXL, XXXL, and up to 106” waist size.
Speaking of leaks, absorbency and retention are key. Aim to find the most absorbent diaper without sacrificing comfort. The word “absorbency” may make you think of bulky and protruding, but that is not always the case. If you find a diaper that you feel is too bulky, but fits you well, try wearing a pair of tighter-fitting underwear over top of it.
Try Before You Buy
Did you know that some adult diaper companies will allow you to sample their product before purchasing? Samples are generally much cheaper, because they are of a smaller quantity, and can be very helpful in choosing which brand and fit is best for you.
Diaper vs Pull-up
Diapers are best for people with limited mobility or access to caregivers, while pull-ups are better for people who don’t have any, or as many, mobility problems. Pull-up diapers generally feel more like regular underwear, are more comfortable, and don’t require reattaching every time you use the bathroom.
Check the Ingredients
Since it will be against your skin for multiple hours a day, be sure your diaper top sheet is not made of plastic, like many on the market. Included in the list of ingredients to analyze are both the absorbent core (should be effective) and outer layer (should be breathable). Your comfort is what is what matters most.
Given the strong preference for Purified Cotton™, it’s interesting that most of the adult incontinence products on the market today have extruded films or synthetic fibers in the topsheet, which is the critical component of the product that comes in direct contact with delicate skin. Logic would make one think that this fabric would be cotton, but in most cases, it’s not.
When it comes to shopping for an adult diaper, why cotton? According to Cotton Incorporated, there are a variety of reasons why cotton is preferred for bowel and bladder protection. With cotton, they believe it’s:
- 80% Softer
- 76% Hypoallergenic/Healthier for Skin
- 71% More Environmentally Friendly
- 70% More Comfortable
- Keep your receipts when you buy diapers. Did you know the cost is tax-deductible if you meet the requirements?
- Depending on your provider, insurance may cover the cost of adult diapers; while Medicaid may cover the cost for people living in nursing homes, and the Medicaid “waiver” program recipients may be eligible for insurance-covered adult diapers while you live at home or in a community.
- Look for discounts and coupons, online is a good place to start.
- Try buying in bulk online or at a wholesale club, it will be less expensive.
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