Product Tips

Product Tip
3.1 Pads
Recycle plastic supermarket bags for disposing of used pads - best if you double bag!
Ask the manufacturers to please identify the sticky backs of pads with a dark colour. It will help people with impaired eyesight or when one has fumbled and dropped a pad, to find the right side to adhere to pants.
Check the pad manufacturers' websites for fitting guides
Keep different sizes of pad – larger for long journeys or times when you cannot easily change your pad and smaller pads for when you can change to have a more discreet option
Scented disposal bags can smell as bad as used pads! Try using ordinary small bin bags.
Plastic backed (PE) nappies are not only more secure but you can also use Duck Tape to add extra security at night when the tapes can peel off when tossing & turning.
3.1.1 Light bladder leakage in women
Wear a pair of waterproof plastic knickers over your normal underwear and pad to increase protection and security for longer trips out. If you carry a pair of waterproof pants in your bag you can slip them on while out and about and no one will be the wiser. If your pad or absorbent knickers become too wet your skirt or trousers will be protected for any escaping moisture by the plastic knickers and embarrassing leaks will be avoided removing the stress and worry from days out.
Developing incontinence and all that goes with it can be traumatic, particularly the need to use incontinence products. The process can be easier if incontinence knickers, plastic pants and pads etc. are gradually introduced into the underwear drawer, side by side with your regular knickers. Over a period of time the old underwear can be moved to a different drawer and replaced with incontinence panties, waterproof pant and incontinence pads etc. The old underwear can then be disposed of.
3.1.1.4 Washable Pants
These incontinence knickers are fine for every-day underwear, but for days out and longer journeys improve the protection of incontinence knickers by adding a disposable booster pad inside and wear a pair of plastic pants over them for added security.
Nowadays there is a wide variety of waterproof protective pants available on-line that can be worn in conjunction with absorbent incontinence knickers and pads. These range from traditional plastic pants, coloured and patterned pants, terry towelling lined trainer pants with a waterproof pants with a nylon outer covering and different features to give a nice appearance.
3.1.2 Moderate / heavy bladder leakage in women
Soak stretch pants overnight in a delicate wash for good cleaning and longer lasting
If you are incontinent in pads 24/7 personal hygiene is essential to avoid unwanted odours. Complete removal of pubic hair using either creams or by shaving to a smooth bare finish allows easy cleansing with a warm flannel for pad changes. It is much easier to apply creams to prevent nappy rash without tangling with unwanted hair. You should feel fresh and clean with an attractive appearance leading to flattering comments from partners.
After a while washable incontinence products can develop a slight residual odour after laundering, particularly terry nappies and plastic pants. It is worth taking advantage a warm summer days by pegging them outside on the washing line. After a day blowing in the breeze your nappies and waterproof pants will be lovely and fresh again. Top tip; peg plastic waterproof pants in a shaded position out of direct sunlight to avoid UV sunlight on plastic fabric.
3.1.2.2 Disposable Pads
I find a booster pad with thicker pad underneath offers better protection for longer
I find that using a shorter thicker pad rather than a longer thinner pad gives more protection due to higher absorbency where it is needed.
For longer trips out when your incontinence pad is likely to become heavily wet, waterproof plastic pants worn over your pad provides added security and prevents accidental leaks. If you don't like the idea of plastic pants there are alternatives available that are made from a coated breathable nylon fabric that remains cool and comfortable even in the summer
Net pants supplied to be worn over disposable pads do not always provide sufficient support to keep your pad close fitting when your pad becomes heavy after a good wetting. Try wearing shaping, full knickers that are sufficiently stretchy to hold your wet pad in place. Choose wide crotch knickers with a high elastane content for stretch and support available from a well know retailer or on-line in a range of styles. Close fitting vinyl knickers may be worn for added security for heavy wetters.
3.1.2.3 All-in-Ones
I been wearing diapers for over four years. My advice is if you need them use them. Don't worry about the tape on briefs looking like a diaper. If you need them you need them. If your still active don't trust the tapes on brand. I always reinforce them with duct tape. Use white tape as it is less noticeable. You ensure a snug fit to reduce sagging and leaks with the tape.
Get the plastic-backed rather than the cloth-feel products. They are more waterproof and have a better 'handle' ie smooth on the skin unlike the scratchy cloth-feel products.
If you wear plastic pants over your all-in-one nappy 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 knickers 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.
3.1.2.4 Washable Pads
If you use nappies and plastic pants for night time incontinence then choose plastic pants that come well above your nappy at the waist. The illustration shows the nappy sticking out of the waist of the waterproof pants which would wick onto bedding leading to leaks. The same also applies to any exposed nappy material at the legs elastics
When wearing nappies and plastic pants for night time incontinence then choose plastic pants that are one size larger than you first think. This will ensure that the plastic pants cover the nappy easily, reducing the risk of leaks and wicking onto sheets. The waterproof pants might look a little large, but they will do the job much better, and once in bed no one will see anyway.
With terry towelling nappies (all-in-ones) 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.
Oil based skin care products will make plastic pants go hard. Polyurethane pants are more expensive but appear to be unaffected.
Don't be put off using nappies and plastic pants for fear of them looking too clinical. There are a wide variety of plastic pants available in adult sizes nowadays, I have several pairs of plastic pants that have a sheer nylon outer covering with rows of lacy frills sewn across the rear that look lovely and feminine. I get flattering comments from my partner when I wear them too!
The original solution to a problem if often the best. I chose traditional plastic baby-style pants that many of us remember from childhood. The in sizes large enough to cover a large terry nappy for heavy bedwetters. I was apprehensive when first pulling the plastic pants up and settled them over my terry nappy. The plastic was transparent and did little to conceal my nappy, but it was a good feeling when I woke up after a solid nights sleep to find my bed dry despite having saturated nappies.
I'm a bedwetter for many years experience of both disposable and re-usable products. Despite trying numerous different designs, brands and sizes I've never found a disposable that works properly. As a side sleeper they often leak. I find the perfect solution is a shaped terry towelling nappy worn with plastic pants. This is a versatile, washable nappy which you can use a booster pad inside for heavy wetters. They are pin-on with lots of scope for adjustment for perfect fit.
Go for the higher waist waterproof pants as you don't want the them sliding down and exposing the top of your nappy which can lead to wicking onto sheets. Top tip- make sure you pin the terry nappy/shaped towelling as tight as possible so the soaker is held close and snug to your body. Any slight leak from there when wetting side sleeping will be caught by plastic pants and terry (cotton) towelling fabric of your nappy.
If you find your terry towelling nappies are saturated in the morning your capacity can be boosted to around 2 litres by placing a disposable soaker pad inside your nappy. Pin that nappy good and tight to keep your soaker close to your body. This set up is only as good as good as your plastic pants. Make sure your plastics are a generous fit that completely covers the nappy. The waterproof pants may puff out when you sit but that shows the fit is OK. You should enjoy a good nights sleep.
3.1.3 Light bladder leakage in men
Look for pads with leakage barriers which can hep to prevent leakage from the sides
Use small pads with an adhesive backing if you are doing an activity such as running
Use small pads with an adhesive backing if you are doing an activity such as running Sinead, United Kingdom
Developing incontinence and all that goes with it can be traumatic, particularly the need to use incontinence products. The process can be easier if incontinence knickers, plastic pants and pads etc. are gradually introduced into the underwear drawer, side by side with your regular knickers. Over a period of time the old underwear can be moved to a different drawer and replaced with incontinence pants, waterproof pants and incontinence pads etc. The old underwear can then be disposed of.
3.1.3.3 Disposable Leafs
Don’t stick that good especially if you move, need to hold in place
If the pad doesn't stick well/stay in place I use a larger pad over it
3.1.3.6 Washable Pants
These are hard to buy, but I would use again
Don't be put off using washable incontinence pants if you experience leaks when out and about. They are easier to walk in than the alternative terry nappies and plastic pants or disposables. Try inserting a booster pad for additional capacity and a pair of plastic pants worn over them will give great protection.
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
3.1.4 Moderate / heavy bladder leakage in men
Soak stretch pants overnight in a delicate wash for good cleaning and longer lasting
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
If provided with cheap net support pants try wearing 2 or three at once. Additional support greatly improves efficiency of pads
If using plastic pants, buy with a double leg seal as they have a strong tendency to leak at the leg seam.
Elderly persons diagnosed with Alzeimers may be bedwetters with night time incontinence, and unless closely supervised may forget to use waterproof incontinence wear at bed time. Useful tip- leave their nappies or pads and plastic pants with their night clothes ready on the bed so they cannot be missed. Alternatively a stack of nappies, pads and plastic pants in plain view by the bedside will act as reminder that they need to be padded and help prevent accidents.
Always carry a spare incontinence product with you when away from home, nobody likes telltale signs that you have wet from leaking.
3.1.4.1 Disposable Pads
Shaped pads and net pants are better during the day as they are cooler to wear than all in one pads
Shaped pads are are easy to fit and use when going to the loo.
I find these are slimmer and therefore more discreet for day use
Use with fine mesh pants which keep their shape longer than net pants Wash on cool temperatures to reduce risk of shrinking
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.
For longer trips out when your incontinence pad is likely to become heavily wet, waterproof plastic pants worn over your pad provides added security and prevents accidental leaks. If you don't like the idea of plastic pants there are alternatives available that are made from a coated breathable nylon fabric that remains cool and comfortable even in the summer
Being very active these 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 there own issues.
Net pants supplied to be worn over disposable pads do not always provide sufficient support to keep your pad close fitting when your pad becomes heavy after a good wetting. Try wearing shaping, full knickers that are sufficiently stretchy to hold your wet pad in place. Choose wide crotch knickers with a high elastane content for stretch and support available from a well know retailer or on-line in a range of styles. Close fitting vinyl knickers may be worn for added security for heavy wetters.
3.1.4.2 All-in-Ones
Make sure you take the correct measurements, the wrong sized nappy will leak! Also for men try and tuck things down, it does not feel right but you will get used to it and you will need fewer changes, saving money.
If you soil yourself in an All in one pad do not worry too much about others noticing, it takes around 17 minutes for the smell to become noticeable to others, while you may be able to notice it sooner others will not.
If you find you are changing too often the addition of an absorbent pad with some slashes in the back of the plastic inside the brief/diaper can help increase the absorbency without drastically increasing the bulk of the product (Also, non-plastic backed pads may be a cheaper and more effective alternative booster pad)
All in one pads are great for traveling . They are not as bulky as they used to be and last a long time between changes.
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.
All in ones 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 Manufacturer. some 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.
If you get the right size and fit they can be embarrassing, but they save your clothes from embarrassment, It's an OK trade-off IMO. I live with severe incontinence and it is OK.
Try to get the plastic or PE backed types. They are smoother, without the scratchy surface of the cloth-feel types and are more waterproof.
Wear plastic pants over the top for added protection and secure fit.
Changing 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.
If you wear plastic pants over your all-in-one 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 knickers 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.
3.1.4.3 Large Disposable Pants
These disposable pants are good for long trips or cold weather
Pull-up pants are a relatively discreet pad when doing sport e.g. golf
3.1.4.4 Washable Pads
A T-shaped terry towelling nappy eliminates the unnecessary bulk of a square terry nappy and is easier to pin on with a single nappy pin because of the reduced thickness. Extra absorbancy can be provided at the front with either a folded smaller nappy inserted in the front pocket, or by a disposable soaker pad.
If you don’t have a washing machine, rinse used pads before taking them to launderette
Plastic pants can be rinsed under the tap with warm water only
Make sure you buy plastic pants with enough room to allow movement. Also if you leak heavily and have to use a soaker pad you may need a bigger pant.
With terry towelling nappies (all-in-ones) 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 out a bit when sitting down, 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.
Don't be put off using nappies and plastic pants for fear of them looking too clinical. There are a wide variety of plastic pants available in adult sizes nowadays including coloured pvc and nursery prints, I have several pairs of plastic pants that have a sheer nylon outer covering with lace trim that look lovely. I get flattering comments from my partner too!
When wearing nappies and plastic pants for night time incontinence then choose plastic pants that are one size larger than you first think. This will ensure that the plastic pants cover the nappy easily, reducing the risk of leaks and wicking onto sheets. The waterproof pants might look a little large, but they will do the job much better, and once in bed no one will see anyway.
For nightime wetters who may wake up to a saturated nappy, boost your terry towelling nappy capacity up to 2 litres with a disposable soaker pad inside your nappy. Remember, choose plastic panties that are generous enough to cover the entire nappy and then some. Go for the higher waist pants as you don't want the plastic pants sliding down and exposing the top of your nappy with wicking onto sheets. Top tip- make sure you pin the nappy as tight as possible to keep that soaker pad close fitting
Terry towelling nappies and plastic pants are great for day or night use, make sure your plastic pants seal around your waist and leg and use clear pants so you can see when it's time for a change.
Don't be embarrassed by wearing nappies and rubber pants, they work very well and if anyone sees you in them, they know it is for medical reasons.
If you suffer with incontinence, but are worried about going out to the pub for example, when heavy wetting is a real risk, leaks at the back of the leg bands of your plastic pants while sitting can be a real concern. Perhaps try bloomer style vinyl pants that are now available. They have longer bloomer style legs that come down towards the knee and allow your nappy or incontinence pad to absorb heavy urine loss into your pants and helps prevent embarrassing leaks for the heaviest of wetters.
If you suffer with incontinence, but are worried about going out to the pub for example, when heavy wetting is a real risk, leaks at the back of the leg bands of your plastic pants while sitting can be a real concern. Perhaps try bloomer style vinyl pants that are now available. They have longer bloomer style legs that come down towards the knee and allow your nappy or incontinence pad to absorb heavy urine loss into your pants and helps prevent embarrassing leaks for the heaviest of wetters.
3.1.4.5 T-Shape Pads
Get the plastic-backed rather than the cloth-feel products. They are more waterproof and have a better 'handle' ie smooth on the skin unlike the scratchy cloth-feel products.
3.3 Male Devices
If your incontinence results in a continuous slight dribble you may find the use of a clamp after drying your penis will enable it to be completely dry while fitting a sheath; otherwise it won't stick properly and stay glued on for 24 hours.
3.3.1 Sheaths
A good barrier product can be used before wearing a sheath. It helps to protect the skin. (Thank you for your tip - some skin protectors can also interfere with sheath adhesion so please check before use)
I was given some sheath samples without any instructions. I found useful guidance on the internet (youtube)
Sheaths tend to fall off, not just a matter of fitting the right size as penis is often a different size when applying sheath to later in day (i.e. semi-erect when applying, but much smaller when out in the cold).
Use a catheter retainer strap, it stops the sheath kinking and blowing off – place over junction of sheath and bag
Use skin protector wipes (available from sheath manufacturers) this may help protect the skin and improve adhesion.
Stand over toilet or bidet when removing sheath - so drips go in loo or bidet
It can be easier to fit a sheath to an erect or semi-erect penis.
Adhesive can be difficult to remove from the skin – adhesive remover can help with this.
A small piece of cloth placed around the base of the penis between the sheath and underpants is useful if the adhesive is exposed.
For swimming try disconnecting the leg bag from the sheath and leaving the sheath open. A clamp over the sheath can give you time to get changed.
For non-absorbent product like sheaths, wrap in paper first before placing in a bin liner to absorb any drips.
I use a sheet of kitchen paper to ensure complete dryness when a sheath is fitted
If using a skin protector, it's often best to use the same manufacturer of both the skin protector and the sheath.
Being circumcised is a great help for keeping them on all day. A pop on (modified) sheath is best for short penis as adhesive sticks to glans.
I am uncircumcised and have no difficulty keeping the sheath on. It is wise, however, to check your tube connections at least twice a day to make sure they are fastened securely. I check mine around noon and then again right before I go to bed. I do wear mine at night. I change sheaths and cleanse my leg bag right after my morning shower. I have a brand new blog for the exchange of information among sheath wearers and would like you to check it out: www.concath.weebly.com
To cleanse my leg bag, I place a few drops of dishwashing detergent in the top opening, then fill the lavatory with warm water and use a turkey baster with a rubber bulb on the end to shoot the warm water into the bag. I shake the bag well and do the procedure again. I now have a clean fresh smelling bag.
Remember to check your sheath it is fitted well to your penis and empty bag when full
Use these products and you might find incontinence (drainage) bags give you more freedom
I use a Silicone reusable sheath, which has lasted for over a year. I remove & wash once a day, giving skin a break. Works for my 27 mm small penis
Sheaths tend to fall off, not just a matter of fitting the right size as penis is often a different size when applying sheath to later in day (i.e. semi-erect when applying, but much smaller when out in the cold).
3.3.2 Penile Compression Devices
Have a range of product designs to suit your needs for different activities e.g. a clamp is useful for swimming.
A clamp can be useful while you are preparing to fit other products or during product change.
A clamp can be useful for short periods of time, for example, when getting up to make a tea in the morning.
Wearing a clamp can be uncomfortable if tight enough to prevent leakage. Try keeping the clamp loose enough for comfort and wear with a small pad.
By wearing a clamp you may be able to use a smaller pad and use fewer pads during a day
Always release the clamp over the toilet or into a urinal as urine will have collected
Wearing a clamp can be uncomfortable if tight enough to prevent leakage. Try keeping the clamp loose enough for comfort and wear with a small pad
3.3.3 Body-Worn Urinals
I wear a body worn urinal. To help in putting the device on my wife made me a lycra sleeve about 6" long which is a snug fit over my penis, attached to a narrow tape, 12" long. I roll the lycra sleeve over my penis like a condom and thread the tape through the urinal. I then slide the urinal up the tape until the tip of my penis is about to enter the urinal. I then hold the urinal against the end of my penis, I pull gently on the tape. This pulls my penis effortlessly into the urinal.
To prevent chafing of my scrotum by the groin straps I wear my urinal over an elasticated scrotal support.
Good for going out as nothing to change, snug fit and can be worn sitting and standing
I use a body-worn urinal The point at which the bag joins the drain tube is a weakness (over time movement causes it to crack and leak) and I strengthen this with duck tape.
Correct fit can be the difference between success and failure with this device. Size can change over time and a reassessment may be beneficial.
3.3.4 Devices for penile retraction
Use a modified sheath/ petal device (if you have penile retraction) with a leg bag and support garment for long car journeys and long walks
3.4 Catheters
For males who experience discomfort from your catheter moving about and rubbing the urethra, close fitting underwear can be the answer. Try wearing women's full knickers that are sufficiently stretchy to gently hold everything in place. Choose wide crotch knickers with a high elastane content for stretch and support available from a well know retailer or on-line in a range of styles.
3.4.1 Intermittent Catheters
Women can use luke warm water to lubricate a non-coated catheter before use
Handling catheters can be tricky- use a catheter with a sheath.
Look for catheters with smooth eyes
Use compact type catheters when away from home e.g. at work.
If you use catheters that need water for lubrication, take a bottle of water with you when away from home.
When doing IC away from home you may need to take a small towel with you for washing hands/genitals
If you use water for IC (intermittent catheterisation) and you are flying, you may not be allowed to take your own water through security. A doctor’s letter can help with this but even that may not work! Allow plenty of time at the airport to purchase bottled water on the flight side of security.
A small travel kettle may be useful if you wish to use boiled water for IC (intermittent catheterisation)
Catheters can be disposed of using scented disposal bags (the sort used for disposing of feminine hygiene products or babies’ diapers).
Some places use low energy light (which may not be as bright) be prepared for this and take a torch if you need light for IC (intermittent catheterisation) or ask for a standard light bulb
I have found that extra urine flows at the end of the process by leaning backwards then forwards when standing. Experiment for yourself and I hope it works for you.
Lift up the toilet seat and lower your trousers and pants before washing your hands to begin with. I wipe down there with an anti-bacterial wipe before inserting. Ask your gp for a radar key.
If you are having difficulty inserting the catheter at the entry point of your bladder don't force it! Instead, wiggle your toes. I know this sounds strange but it's the best advice I was given.
When travelling overseas - some catheter companies have a travel certificate (Medical Validation Certificate) that you can easily download from their website and fill in to use for customs staff or TSA officials at airports.
Not all intermittent catheters are made of PVC. There are more environmentally friendly catheters available that are PVC and phthalate free. They are POBE: Polyolefin based elastomer.
3.4.2 Indwelling Catheters
If you have an indwelling catheter with a valve and you are going out for the day, connect it to a leg bag with a catheter retaining strap. When your bladder gets full you can empty in to the bag and then find a loo.
If you wear a valve connected to a legbag you can operate the catheter valve under jeans and skirt and you don't have to touch the catheter at all
Always use a catheter valve but have a bag on when you’re out. If your bladder starts to spasm because it’s full you can open the valve and pass urine into the bag.
If you are catheterised try wearing open crotch knickers that allow easier positioning of your catheter, also stockings worn with a suspender belt are less restricting than tights
If you have an indwelling catheter movement of the catheter tube in the urethra is uncomfortable and causes enlargement of the urethral opening leading to soreness in both males and females. Wearing stretchy control knickers allows you to arrange the catheter tube and catheter valve (if you have one fitted) in a comfortable position and prevents it moving around. Alternatively French knickers are comfortable as the satin fabric allows free movement
3.4.3 Accessories
I stick my mirror to the toilet seat with microporous tape to secure it. It's easy to remove after. I always wash the mirror afterwards.
3.5 Urine Drainage Bags
I struggled with a variety of leg bags and thigh bags with my indwelling catheter. The tube twists and pulls the bag down the leg when walking. Try a bag worn round the waist. Which is a urine bag worn round the waist with a belt. It is very comfortable and allows you to walk, or do sport while your bladder drains comfortably into the bag. The best feature is that you can stand at a urinal and 'pee' normally by opening the twist valve on the bag. No-one is aware that you are using the bag.
3.5.1 Leg Bags
If tubing is long enough to reach the ankle it is easy to empty bag without removing trousers
Consider leg shape, tubing length, strap style and position of bag on the leg when choosing the appropriate product.
Use different attachment options depending on where on the leg the bag is situated e.g. leg bag garment holder on calf and straps on the thigh
When wearing shorts use a thigh bags or catheter valve
Leg bag tubing can be cut to different lengths. Experiment with different lengths of inlet tubing to suit your needs
Experiment to find the best position for your leg bag - I alternate between legs to avoid any sores or aggravating cuts and bruises.
Use catheter tubing supports to secure the tubing where you want it. For example, down the side of the leg rather than in front of the leg.
Rinsing out leg bags when away from home can be hard to do discreetly. Plan to rinse them in the bathroom but then have them to dry in your bedroom.
Use different leg bag volumes according to your needs e.g. if going out and unsure of toilet facilities you could use a larger bag or empty under a tree!
3.5.2 Large Capacity
I find there is no problem with the bag placed directly on the floor to the side of the bed. The tube leading to it should pass between the legs, from front to rear. This is fine for sleeping on your back, or on either side, but not on your front
Make sure that the bag is lower than you are if using in bed at night
If the tubing is long enough you are able to move in your sleep without too much discomfort!
Night bag – use disposable night bags if you can’t/don’t want to wash – rip off the corner
Stands are usually available free to use with their night bags If you’re really stuck use two wire coat hangers between the mattress and base of bed to support the night bag.
When you have emptied your Night Bag, what to do with the long length of tube? Fit the dust cover and loop it once round the top inlet of the bag. Then wedge it into the back of one of the concave uprights. NB. This works well with a flat-pack-bag-stand,
3.6.1 Anal Plugs
I was able to purchase samples to try out on eBay.
3.6.2 Faecal Pads
I use regular diapers. But they are expensive. I have no rectum and I just had ileostomy reversal. So my tip is to use two paper tissues in my diaper so I save money and troubles. I don't need to carry diapers around. Just wipes and paper tissues!
3.7.1 Handheld Urinals
Often it is inconvenient to put down a used urinal whilst adjusting your clothes. Always make sure you have an appropriate surface nearby to place it on so that you can 'forget' about the full item and not knock it over!
Consider using super-absorbent gel in the base of a handheld urinal for women to avoid spillage after use.
3.7.1.1 Female Handheld Urinals
Hunt out a small jug _ capacity approx 2 cups - in your local kitchenware shop. Wth Parkinsons I can have difficulty getting to the. toilet at night. My first buy was a green straight-sided melamine jug with a lipped edge and moulded handle. But even better is the 2-cup squeezable silicon jug made for kitchen use by a major brand. It fits tightly to the body, is comfortable and quiet to use and is pleasantly styled. No lid of course, and must be emptied after each use, but really handy.
3.7.2 Bedpans
Bedpans with pointed ends can be easier to insert
3.7.7 Commodes
Consider having a ring of plastic covered soft foam - in a horseshoe shape - to put around the flanges of a chair commode pan to cushion a person for whom a hard edge beneath them is painful..
Consider having a ring of plastic covered soft foam - in a horseshoe shape - to put around the seat of a chair commode pan to cushion a person for whom a hard edge beneath them is painful..
Paediatric sized commodes are available, they may be worth considering if you have limited space in your bathroom or of slight build
3.8 Bed, Chair Protectors
When diagnosed incontinent it is important to use a good quality fabric bed pad mattress protector under your sheet, the larger the better. Remember this will not work on its own. I took the plunge and opted for traditional terry nappies and waterproof plastic pants which are an excellent combo. Generous sized plastic pants that come well up your back and amply cover your nappy mean leaks are thankfully rare despite a normally saturated nappy after a heavy nights wetting.
3.8.1 Washable Underpads
These are a must. Worth shopping around especially if you prefer white. Try double size lengthwise on the bed. Not only absorbs more and stops liquid creeping off edge but also holds pad in place by additional body contact.
An absorbent bath mat with a rubber backing can be useful as a makeshift bedpad
When diagnosed incontinent it is important to use a good quality fabric bed pad mattress protector under your sheet, the larger the better. Remember this will not work on its own. I took the plunge and opted for traditional terry nappies and waterproof plastic pants which are an excellent combo. Generous sized plastic pants that come well up your back and amply cover your nappy mean leaks are thankfully rare despite a normally saturated nappy after a heavy nights wetting.
3.8.2 Disposable Underpads
These can be used under the sheets for extra protection at night
If you do not soil the bed for several nights, these sheets can be reused for about one week before they become too creased and “manky”.
3.8.3 Chair Protectors
If you are prone to sudden loss of urine that floods your incontinence wear even the best pads or waterproof pants will leak around the leg bands as padding struggles to absorb urine. Prolonged sitting also leads to damp transmitting at the back of the legs which you may not be aware of until you stand up. Those of us who are daytime incontinent and wear nappies and plastic pants, or disposable nappies can protect furniture with a waterproof seat pad in a range of attractive designs.
If you suffer with incontinence, but are worried about going out to the pub for example, when heavy wetting is a real risk, leaks at the back of the leg bands of your plastic pants while sitting can be a real concern. Perhaps try bloomer style vinyl pants that are now available. They have longer bloomer style legs that come down towards the knee and allow your nappy or incontinence pad to absorb heavy urine loss into your pants and helps prevent embarrassing leaks for the heaviest of wetters.
3.8.4 Waterproof Bedding
Use a waterproof cover just in case – fleece covering on the upper side looks and feels normal
If you are a restless sleeper or sleep on your side, use a bed pad in case disposable pads are insufficient.
Bedwetters who want a break from nappies, pads, and plastic pants can protect your bed with a waterproof vinyl mattress cover and absorbent soaker pad. Your duvet and pillow can be placed in pvc fitted covers that are undetectable when the fabric outer covers are added. When you are incontinent during the night then just the sheet and fabric outer cover may get wet and your bed and duvet will remain clean and dry leaving just the sheet and outer cover to wash.
When you start wetting your bed you should fit a good quality washable cover to your mattress. Fabric ones are more comfortable than cheaper vinyl alternatives. As occasional accidents develop into full incontinence where you are wetting in your sleep a decision is needed over body worn products. The best options are disposable all-in-one nappies, or washable nappies worn with vinyl waterproof pants which many will remember from childhood. For men nappies and plastic pants are a must have option
3.9 Clothing, odour control and skin care
Cut old towels up into small squares and take one for each day with you when travelling. You can then thoroughly clean yourself and throw them away.
I had embarrassing moments due to clothing. Climbing down from a loft ladder at work. My shirt snagged and pulled up to reveal the top of my incontinence pad and plastic pants above the waist of my trousers in plain view of the client. On another occasion bending down to tie my shoe in a shop and heard a parson remark on my plastic pants and nappy where my short had ridden up at the back. Choose shirts that are long in the body to tuck in well, onesies have press-stud crotch to prevent ride up.
I suffer from Crohn's disease and have the occasional'accident'. I have access to a food vacuum sealing machine and put a few medicated wipes, toilet paper, spare underpants in small plastic bags and then vacuum seal the lot inside the usual sleeving. The resultant package is about 6" x 4" x 0.5" and slips inside a coat pocket. I also keep one in the car
3.9.1 Clothing
Good points are they are great for holding up pads, i.e. no saggy nappy, they also prevent the top of the nappy sticking out your trousers when bending or stretching. The low for me was getting dressed and looking down at myself in a nappy and popper vest
vêtementet très confortable, idéale pour le maintient des couches incontinence,
Using spandex type shorts will enable you to limit the noise from any brief or incontinence product and support said product close to your body
3.9.2 Odour Control
With an elderly relative who became night time incontinent with heavy bed wetting disposable pads and nappies were tried but finally settled on terry nappies with disposable booster well covered by plastic pants as the best solution. Top tip- soak terry nappies in pre-wash and wash on hot to freshen and prevent odours
3.9.3 Skin Care
Wash and dry and try to keep the pad off when you can – put on a dressing gown after showering to help skin dry naturally
I find antifungal soaps/cleansers helpful in controlling skin irritations, also medicated powder.
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