Adult diapering & plastic pants

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Adult diapering & plastic pants
Incontinent adults may need diapers and plastic pants, too. (babywindeln image by Daniel Fuhr from Fotolia.com)

You can wear well-fitting adult diapering and plastic pants under your clothes, and most people will not even notice. These garments not only protect you from an embarrassing accident, but also give you the confidence to participate in normal activities of life, including travel and your favourite hobbies.

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Identification

Adult diapering and plastic pants provide protection for people with bladder problems. Diapers come in a variety of styles from pull-ups to pre-folded, and feature breathable fabrics such as soft terry or flannel, which allow fresh air to freely circulate and moisture to evaporate, protecting against diaper rash. Extra absorbency diapers can be ordered. Plastic waterproof pants give you extra protection for heavier incontinence, and have waterproof side seams that help prevent leakage.

Causes of Incontinence

Incontinence that cannot be completely controlled is the main reason for wearing adult diapers and plastic pants. "People who have a neurological disorder such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, or spinal injury can suffer from incontinence,” according to the Mayo Clinic. If a woman has reproductive surgery, such as a hysterectomy, and pelvic floor muscles are damaged, incontinence can result.

Diapers

While you’re searching for the appropriate adult diaper for your needs, ask a reputable retailer if you can try a small sample pack at a reduced price. Select a diaper that’s compatible with what you’re wearing. Premium diapers that offer greater protection can be more effective, but can also be bulkier. “If your clothing is loose, you might not mind the extra bulk,” according to ConsumerSearch.com. Adult diapers come in a wide variety of sizes, but if you fall between sizes, a smaller size is less expensive, but a larger size offers a higher containment capacity.

Plastic Pants

Plastic pants made of waterproof vinyl work well for heavy urination, when used over incontinence cloth diapers. These pants feature a generous volume, can also be worn over adult diapers made with materials such as flannel or terry, and work especially well if you suffer from heavy incontinence at night.

Problems

Adult diaper wearers commonly suffer from diaper rash. “Your skin can appear blistered and cracked, or red, swollen and irritated,” according to LLMedico.com. Change your diaper frequently, allowing your skin to dry completely between changes, and wash the area with a mild soap. Using products with zinc oxide, such as medicated powders, can keep moisture away from your skin and protect skin from irritation. Wearing plastic pants over adult cloth diapers will also protect you against adult diaper rash.

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