The Do’s and Don’ts of Urinary Incontinence Treatment and Protection

December 20, 2012 1 min read

Urinary incontinence can be frustrating, but with this simple guide, you can regain the confidence and life you once had:

  1. Don’t: Use regular soap and water for incontinence cleaning.

    Why:This can cause dryness and irritation for those with fragile skin.

    Do:Use disposable washcloths and rinse-free cleansers to prevent

  2. Don’t: Wear an incontinence product that is too large or too small.

    Why:This can also lead to skin infections or diaper leakage.

    Do:Measure the waist, hips, and thighs, and take note that different brands have different sizing charts before selecting an incontinence product.

  3. Don’t: Restrict fluids to treat incontinence.

    Why:A lack of fluids can lead to dehydration, which can cause constipation and worsen your incontinence symptoms.

    Do: Carry a water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day.

  4. Don’t:Use menstrual pads to protect against light bladder leakage.

    Why:Sanitary napkins are meant to absorb menstrual flow, not the rapid dispersion and acidity of urine.

    Do: Wear incontinence pads or male guards that are specially designed for light urinary incontinence.

  5. Don’t:Stay in a soiled incontinence product.

    Why: Long exposure to urine and fecal matter can lead to skin breakdown and painful pressure sores.

    Do: Change as soon as soiling occurs. If this is unavoidable, wear a more absorbent undergarment with moisture-wicking capabilities.


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