Adult Diapers Information
What are adult diapers? An adult diaper is a absorbtive undergarment designed to be worn by adults who suffer from various medical conditions such as incontinence, mobility impairment, or dementia.
Adult diapers are also refered to as briefs, absorbent products, protective underwear, absorbent underpants or nappies. There are many types and styles of adult diapers. These range in performance levels from light to moderate and heavy incontinence wetness protection. There are adult diapers with tape tabs, pull up adult diapers, overnight adult diapers, cloth backing breathable diapers and specialty XXL size barriatric adult diapers. Pricing for adult diapers also varies widely by brand, style and absorption levels.
Adults effected by incontinence or some other condition requiring adult diapers can find it frustrating when purchasing supplies. Most retail locations sell their diapers by the bag and lack in product selection and proper sizes. In addition, most retail brand diapers do not perform nearly as well as products specifically made for health care faciltiies. There are many home health dealers that sell quality adult diaper products and usually have the selection and performance needed.
Sizing adult diapers and incontinence products can sometimes be confusing. You see, most all adult diaper products come in 4 and sometimes 5 sizes.
There are small diapers for adults, medium size diapers, sometimes regular size adult diapers, large and x-large size adult diapers. Most manufacturers classify these by waist size. Unfortunately, this is not always the best way to determine your correct size. Body mass size and the shape of the body will directly impact the way the diapers fit.
The simplest and most accurate way to determine which size is best for the incontinent person is to measure from the middle of the hip bone across the front to the middle of the adjacent hip bone and then double the measurement. Then match this to the waist size to determine which size is best.
The hip bones and not the waist is the largest area and directly affects the fit of your adult diaper or other incontinent care garment. Utilizing this measurement will assure that you have made the best decision regarding the size of your diaper product.
I hope this helps. Please contact us if you have any additional questions by calling (800) 262-8670.
Over the years there has been much debate over which is better, reusable, washable cloth adult diapers or disposable adult diapers?
Coming from someone who started out as a wound care specialist 18 years ago and a professional with over 16 years of incontinence product experience, the answer is simple. Disposable incontinence adult diapers are better.
Let's take a look at some of the pro's, con's and major differences of both.
First, some will argue that reusable, washable, cloth diapers are better for the environment because they do not clog the landfills and we use less of them. Maybe, maybe not. Have you ever seen the amount of slug water waste as well as the amount of electricity needed to wash these types of products?
Second and most important, disposable diapers contain SAP or "Super Absorbent Polymer". These are the tiny crystals that gel when they become wet. They will absorb 3oo times their weight in fluid and will work to keep the user dry. The SAP is also extremely alkaline in pH and will work to neutralize the acidity found in urine and fecal material which will prevent urine burns, diaper rash and potential skin damage.
Cloth diapers do not contain SAP and are not a pH neutralizer. For this reason these are not recommended. Unless the user is able to change themselves the minute they void, they will run the risk of skin damage and possible breakdown.
There is nothing in our breathable adult diapers or disposable chux underpads which would cause the potential for skin irritation. They have a spun lace cloth type backing which allows for airflow, breathability and excellent wetness protection related to urinary or fecal incontinence.
All of our adult diapers and select underpads contain S.A.P. (Super Absorbent Polymer), which is basically a cornstarch derivative which is found in many of the foods that we enjoy. S.A.P. (Super Absorbent Polymer), will absorb 300 times it's weight in fluid and is alkaline in pH. SAP will keep the patient / user dry and work to neutralize the acidity found in urine and excessive moisture or other symptoms related to incontinence.