Check out these simple tips on how to manage incontinence while living a full life:
Don’t: Choose your incontinence supplies based on cost.
Why: The cost of laundry, booster pads, and embarrassment outweigh the additional cost of getting the right product that works.
Do: Try different products to find the best solution for your needs. Many less well known incontinence products have greater absorbencies at lower costs. You may also want a different product for day and night for best results.
Don’t: Wake up in a wet bed.
Why: Other than the obvious discomfort, laundry chores can become a bigger pain.
Do: Use a more absorbent nighttime diaper or disposable pad, and invest in washable underpads that protect the sheets and mattress from adult bedwetting.
Don’t: Use harsh chemicals to remove urine stains and odors from your mattress.
Why:It’ll only make it worse.
Do: Use an enzyme-based product, such as Urine-Erase, that attacks and destroys the uric acid crystals found in urine.
Don’t:Assume that adult diapers are your only options.
Why: No matter the severity and type of incontinence, you have options. Some incontinence is treatable, and there are less noticeable and cumbersome products available.
Do: Look into bladder retraining, timed voiding, and kegel exercises to improve incontinence symptoms. Also, incontinence pads, male guards, and reusable absorbent underwear are discreet and comfortable, while offering the protection you need.
Don’t:Suffer in silence.
Why: Although very common, urinary incontinence is not normal at any age. Incontinence is a symptom, not a disease, so it’s important to find the root cause(s).
Do: Keep a detailed voiding diary to share with your doctor so he/she can help you find the underlying cause(s) of your bladder control problems – it most likely can be treated.