How to choose the adult diapers and briefs

People who must manage incontinence include youth, adults and seniors. To choose the most effective adult diaper for your lifestyle, consider your activity level. Someone with a very active lifestyle will need a different adult diaper than someone who has difficulty with mobility. You’ll also want to consider finding the most cost-effective way to pay for your adult diapers.

Part 1  Consider the size you’ll need. 
A good fit is essential to making sure your adult diaper prevents leaks and accidents. Wrap a measuring tape around your hips, and take the measurement. Then measure the distance around your waist. The sizing for incontinence products is based on the largest figure of the measurements around the waist or around the hips.[1]

• There aren’t standardized sizes for adult diapers. Each manufacturer uses his own sizing method, and it can even vary across product lines from the same manufacturer.
• Check your measurements every time you place an order, particularly if you are trying a new product.

Part 2  Think about your need for absorbency. 
You’ll want to buy the diaper with the highest level of absorbency, without compromising the diaper’s fit. Take into consideration whether you’ll need diapers for both urinary and fecal incontinence or urinary incontinence only. You may decide to use different diapers for daytime and nighttime use.[2]

• Absorbency levels vary widely from brand to brand.
• Incontinence pads can be added to adult diapers to increase the absorbency rate if necessary. However, this is an expensive option and should be used as a fallback method.
• If your absorbency needs are light, using a pad by itself might be sufficient
• Comparison of absorbency in different adult diapers can be done through online websites such as XP Medical or Consumer Search.

Part 3   Make sure you buy sex-specific diaper.
Diapers meant for people with penises or vaginas are different. The urine tends to concentrate in different areas of the diaper depending on your anatomy, and diapers built for different sexes have more padding in the appropriate area.[3]

• Unisex adult diapers may be fine for your needs, and are usually less expensive.
• Try a sample before you invest in a full case or box.

Part 4  Decide whether you prefer washable or disposable diapers. 
Reusable diapers cost less over time, and are often more absorbent than disposable diapers. They’ll need to be washed often, though, and this might not be practical for you. Washable diapers will also age quickly, so you’ll need to make sure you have replacement products handy.[4]

• Athletes often prefer reusable diapers because they fit better and hold more urine than disposable diapers.
• Disposable diapers are best for travel or other situations when you may not be able to easily wash your diapers

Part 5  Know the difference between diapers and pull-ups.
Adult diapers, or briefs, are best for people who are limited in mobility, or who have caregivers who can help them change. Because they come with refastenable side tabs, these diapers can be changed while you are sitting or lying down. You won’t have to completely remove your clothing.[5]

• Adult diapers tend to be more absorbent. They’re best for overnight protection and those with heavy to severe incontinence.
• Many adult diapers have a wetness indicator strip to show caregivers when a changing is needed.
• Pullups, or “protective underwear”, is best for those who don’t have mobility problems. They look and feel more like regular underwear, and are often more comfortable than diapers.

Part 6  Consider bariatric briefs. 
Bariatric briefs are designed for very large adults. They usually come with stretchy side panels to keep their wearer more comfortable, and to provide a better fit. While they’re usually labeled in sizes like XL, XXL, XXXL, etc., the exact sizes vary by company so you’ll want to carefully measure your waist and hip circumference before ordering.[6]

• Many bariatric briefs also include anti-leak leg cuffs to prevent leakage.
• Bariatric briefs are available waist sizes up to 106 inches.

Part 7   Think about using different nighttime diapers. 
Nighttime incontinence affects at least 2% of adults who may not otherwise have the needs for adult diapers. Consider using a diaper that protects against leaks for overnight protection.
• You may need to use a diaper that has additional absorbency to keep you dry and clean during the overnight hours.
• Make sure your overnight diapers have breathable outer layer for better skin health.

Post time: Jun-21-2021