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  1. Don't be put off using pads and plastic pants for fear of them looking too clinical. There are a wide variety of plastic pants available in different colours and styles nowadays.
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  3. People diagnosed with Alzeimers may have night time incontinence, and unless closely supervised may forget to use incontinence products at bed time. Useful tip - leave incontinence products with night clothes ready on the bed so they cannot be missed.
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  5. The absorbency of cotton terry towelling can be boosted by placing a disposable soaker pad inside. Pin the towelling good and tight to keep it close to your body. This set up is only as good as good as your plastic pants . Make sure they are a generous fit that completely covers the towelling. The waterproof pants may puff out when you sit but that shows the fit is OK. You should enjoy a good nights sleep.
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  7. A T-shaped cotton towelling pad eliminates the unnecessary bulk of a square terry pad and is easier to pin on with a single pin because of the reduced thickness. Extra absorbancy can be provided at the front with either folded towelling inserted in the front pocket, or by a disposable unbacked pad.
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  9. If you use cotton towelling and waterproof pants for night time incontinence then choose pants that come well above the towelling at the waist. The illustration shows the towelling sticking out of the waist of the waterproof pants which would wick onto bedding leading to leaks. The same also applies to any exposed towelling material at the legs elastics.
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  11. All-in-one pads are great at night, but if you do get a bit of leakage you can always wear plastic pants over the top of them.
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  13. You can wear plastic pants over the top of disposable products for long car journeys in case you can't get to a toilet in time.
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  15. All-in-one disposable pads are great for traveling . They are not as bulky as they used to be and last a long time between changes.
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  17. With cotton towelling worn with plastic pants your instinct is to choose close-fitting waterproof pants that look neat and tidy. Instead try plastic pants that are at least a size larger than you would normally wear. They may puff up a bit, but the larger size will ensure that the towelling when wet is well covered at the waist and legs, eliminating leaks from wicking. Leg and waist elastic are much more comfy too. Plastic pants from the 'Incontinence Shop' are excellent.
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  19. Try to get the plastic or PE backed all-in-one disposable pads. They are smoother, without the scratchy surface of the cloth-feel types and are more waterproof.
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  21. If using plastic pants, buy with a double leg seal as they have a strong tendency to leak at the leg seam.
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  23. Soak stretch pants used with disposable pads overnight in a delicate wash for good cleaning and longer lasting
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  25. Washable incontinence pants can offer a variety of levels of protection depending on your situation and needs on a particular day. For every day, wear as they are, for increased protection slide in a disposable soaker pad and for top protection pop a pair of waterproof plastic pants on over them to eliminate risk of leaks by heavy wetters
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  27. If provided with cheap net support pants for use with disposable pads try wearing 2 or three at once. Additional support greatly improves efficiency of pads.
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  29. If you don’t have a washing machine, rinse used washable pads before taking them to the launderette
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  31. All-in-ones can be embarrassing, but if you get the right size and fit they work well. It's an OK trade-off in my opinion. I live with severe incontinence and it is OK.
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  33. Even if you prefer pull-up style pants , belted pads can be useful for a change when out in public. After tearing away the sides of a pull up, the belted pad can be fitted without removing trousers.
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  35. You may be able to use a smaller size belted pad and get a closer fit than in the image on this page. These pads are very easy to fit, unlike taped all in ones. They can also be adjusted easily, or quickly removed (if you make it in time! ) as most have velcro fastenings.
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  37. I find all-in-one pads bulky but comfortable and can wear for a long time while at home, but pull-ons are more discreet if going out.
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  39. Changing all-in-ones in a public cubical standing isn't exactly ideal but usually possible if you lean against the wall to hold the back of the pad in place whilst fitting the front. Ideal when you absolutely cannot afford to have even the smallest leak or on journeys to unfamiliar places, the trade off is the bulk and inconvenience of changes.
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  41. Being very active, I find large disposable pads are only any good for night time and rainy days in. Trouble is regardless of which pants I use to fix these, after moving around a bit the front edges tend to scrunch or curl over slightly meaning once they are wet a part of the pad is touching the stretch pants, despite feeling dry and confident I find I have two massive wet spots either side of my groin - also at the perfect height to soak what ever is in my pockets. All-in-ones are better but have their own issues.
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  43. If you wear plastic pants over your incontinence pad for extra security when out and about choose translucent or transparent plastic pants rather than opaque so your pad's wetness indicator strip can be easily seen through the front of your waterproof pants to show that you are wet and might need a pad change. This avoids having to look down the front of your pants without the need to disturb them.
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  45. All-in-one pads at nighttime are the only disposable solution for many men. In The UK the continence service offers usually one manufacturer and these pads differ greatly between manufacturers. Some are stretchy, some plastic backed, others breathable, different absorbency, different distribution of pulp. If yours is not satisfactory try to make a case for an alternative but do so based on evidence. Some distributors will sell samples in ones and twos so you can find the best for you.
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  47. Always carry a spare incontinence product with you when away from home to avoid leaking.
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  49. All-in-one disposable pads with plastic backing are not only more secure but you can use duct tape to add extra security at night, when the tapes can peel off when tossing & turning.
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  51. Shaped pads and net pants are better during the day as they are cooler to wear than all-in-one pads
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  53. I find disposable pads are slimmer and therefore more discreet for day use
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  55. Shaped disposable pads are are easy to fit and use when going to the loo.
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  57. Used with large disposable pads, fine mesh pants keep their shape longer than net pants. Wash on cool temperatures to reduce risk of shrinking
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  59. Try to get the plastic or PE backed all-in-one disposable pads. They are smoother, without the scratchy surface of the cloth-feel types and are more waterproof.
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  61. If you soil yourself in an all-in-one pad do not worry too much about others noticing - it takes some time for any odour to become noticeable to others. While you may be able to notice it sooner others will not.
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  63. Changing all-in-ones in a public cubical standing isn't exactly ideal but usually possible if you lean against the wall to hold the back of the pad in place whilst fitting the front. Ideal when you absolutely cannot afford to have even the smallest leak or on journeys to unfamiliar places, the trade off is the bulk and inconvenience of changes.
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  65. If you are bowel incontinent, use a barrier cream on your butt (bottom, buttocks) and between your legs as it will help protect your skin when you have a bowel movement (but make sure the cream has been absorbed before putting on the pad)
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  67. Pull-on pants are a relatively discreet pad when doing sport e.g. golf
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  69. I have been wearing all-in-ones for over four years. My advice is don't worry about the tape on briefs looking like a diaper. If you need them you need them. If you’re still active don't trust the tapes - I always reinforce them with duct tape. Use white tape as it is less noticeable. By doing this you ensure a snug fit to reduce sagging and leaks with the tape.
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  71. Good quality stretch pants - normally used with disposable pads - are very helpful for supporting and securing all-in-one pads
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  73. Large disposable pads are less likely to leak if held firmly against the body, therefore wear sleeveless all in one incontinence vest (body stocking) that fastens at the crotch with poppers. Will also stop pad sagging and slipping and hide what you are wearing when bending over or trousers slip. Make sure poppers have at least 4 inch spread, otherwise pad slips to side. Not suitable without adaptation or help if difficulty bending to pull up and fasten flap.
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