How to Prevent Your Adult Diaper from Leaking

More than 25 million American adults are plagued by incontinence, a condition that results in the involuntary loss of urine. To help them stay dry from wetting accidents, people rely on the comfort and protection of adult diapers, also known as adult briefs. However, sometimes people may find that their diapers are just not offering the best protection – instead, they find that their diaper is leaking! Now what good is an adult diaper if it’s not doing its job? Here are some tips on how you can prevent your adult diaper from leaking:

Make sure you’re wearing the right size.
One of the biggest mistakes you can do when buying incontinence products is not measuring yourself. Adult briefs come in all different sizes. And even if you’re a size small in the Tranquility ATN Disposable Briefs, you might be a size medium in the Abena Abri-Form Briefs. So before you choose an incontinence product that’s too small or too large for you, make sure you measure your waist, hips, and thighs. Wearing the right sized diaper will also be more comfortable and better for your skin.

Choose a gender-specific incontinence product.
More incontinence manufacturers are making gender-specific incontinence products that conform to the male and female anatomy. Since men and women are shaped differently, they need different incontinence protection. If you choose to wear protective underwear, there are a few gender-specific ones to choose from, such as Depend Real Fit for Men, Tena Underwear for Men, Prevail Underwear for Women, and Depend Silhouette for Women.

Change often.
Don’t wait until your diaper is on the verge of breaking apart before you change it. Typically, you’d want to change a soiled product as soon as possible since long exposure to urine and fecal matter can lead to unpleasant diaper rashes. If you are unable to change often, then wear a more absorbent diaper or use a booster pad. Booster pads provide added absorbency to the incontinence product you’re already wearing.

Wear a product with a higher absorbency level.
If you experience a complete bladder emptying, it’s best to choose an adult brief that can withstand a high volume of urine. Abena and Tranquility make some of the most absorbent adult diapers on the market. Also, incontinence products designed for nocturnal enuresis, or nighttime incontinence, generally are more absorbent and are best for heavy incontinence.

Try a different brand.
Adult diapers are not one-size-fits-all, nor are they one-brand-fits-all. From Tena to Prevail, there are a wide variety of incontinence diapers to choose from, and you won’t know which one works best for you unless you have something to compare to. That’s why many people choose to shop online for their incontinence products. Home medical suppliers often offer adult diaper samples so you don’t have to go through the trouble of purchasing a case of diapers only to later find out that it doesn’t work for you. Having your incontinence supplies home delivered to you is also a great way to maintain privacy.

Nancy Pham is a health blogger, specializing in urinary incontinence issues. She blogs at National Incontinence, a major supplier of incontinence products. National Incontinence is a division of Just Health Shops, a distributor of quality home health care products, from bedwetting alarms to waterproof bedding.