The 10 Most Common Mistakes
With Continence Management

Many people experiencing incontinence make common mistakes when they seek assistance.

For example, in stores you are confronted with many different types and styles of pads and it’s confusing. As a result, many people can make very common mistakes.

In this article we list our top 10 most common mistakes with continence management.

1. The Most Expensive Is The Best


Surely more expensive must mean best?

WRONG!

The major brands spend a lot of money on advertising to build brand awareness – that’s how you know about them, and why you feel comfortable trusting them. Most good quality continence products on the market provide very similar levels of absorbency and will perform well functionally for you. Continence management products are expensive and finding a brand that does the same job but costs significantly less could end up saving you a fortune over time. So definitely shop around and try other brands where you can save money.

2. Sanitary Pads Will Do Fine


NO THEY WON'T !

These products are made for women to use when they are menstruating. They are made to absorb blood not urine and they will not provide the correct absorbency for incontinence. They will usually be smaller sized pads also so may not fit well and be able to handle a high-flow bladder void.

3. Wearing A Pad Inside A Pull Up


DON'T DO IT !

All incontinence pads (except booster pads) are designed to prevent urine soaking through them and out the other side. If people expect that the smaller pad they choose will work as a booster pad they will be disappointed because any overflow incontinence would have to be soaked by the smaller pad and then would need to flow around that pad to get into the bigger outside pad. This can cause leakage and also be very wasteful because the person is wearing 2 products when they probably only need one with better absorbency.

4. Wearing A Pad For Too Long


IT'S RISKY !

Some people think they need to use all the absorbency of the pads so leave them too long before changes. Although most disposable pads now have absorbent gel contained within them to allow for bigger absorbency (they swell when they become wet) and are designed to absorb away from the skin, wearing pads for too long can cause skin irritation and incontinence associated dermatitis. This is even more of a problem when there is some faecal incontinence. These pads can be very uncomfortable and the dermatitis can be very difficult to treat. It often involves skin barrier creams which can also prevent the pads from absorbing the urine they were designed for.

5. Buying The Highest Absorbency


YOU DON'T NEED TO !

Some people mistakenly think that bigger is better. They purchase bigger pads because they think that the increased absorbency will provide better protection. This is not necessarily true. Bigger and more absorbent pads lead to using them being used for longer and can lead to not changing when they should be changed or and wearing them too long. It is also wasteful and unnecessarily expensive.

6. Wearing Incontinence Pads Incorrectly


BE CAREFUL !

It's suprisingly common that people wear their pads inside out and don’t recognise the absorbent side should be against their skin. Some people don’t realise that some pads are upside down – perhaps there is a part which should be to the back or bottom of the pad when worn. They need to look at the pack to ensure they are being worn correctly.

7. Not Changing When Wet or Soiled


NOT A GREAT IDEA !

Wearing pads for longer than they should be can be the cause urinary tract infections for which the person will need to see their doctor. Most disposable pads also contain odour suppressants so when they are not changed when wet or soiled the pad cannot contain the odour and the wearer will start to ‘smell’. Unfortunately though, many people with incontinence are unaware of their odour so don’t associate the odour with their stale pads.

8. Using Toilet Paper or Towels


THAT'S BRAVE !

Using materials not designed for urine absorption will have a high chance of leakage. The superabsorpent polymer crystals in disposable continence management products can hold vastly more liquid than it's own weight and locks the liquid into a solid gel form so that squeezing the material doesn't cause the liquid to flow freely.

9. Cutting Up or Modifying Pads


IT DOESN'T WORK !

Some people think they can modify their disposable pads by cutting them to the size they think they need. These people often buy bigger pads and cut them into smaller ones. This will not be effective because the pulp and gel contained within the pad is likely to escape through the cuts and not provide sufficient absorbency or containment. Some people buy baby's disposable nappies because they are cheaper but this is also not a recommendation because they are smaller and made to fit a baby or small child not an adult.

10. Running Out of Product


POTENTIALLY EMBARRASSING !

This can cause embarrassment for the person needing the products. It can also cause distress through the need to get to a store quickly, only to find the store may not have suitable products within a suitable price range. Being able to purchase products on a regular basis over the internet or by phone is much more efficient and an effective way to avoid these problems.

Many people experiencing incontinence make common mistakes when they seek assistance.

For example, in stores you are confronted with many different types and styles of pads and it’s confusing. As a result, many people can make very common mistakes.

In this article we list our top 10 most common mistakes with continence management.

1. The Most Expensive Is The Best


Surely more expensive must mean best?

WRONG!

The major brands spend a lot of money on advertising to build brand awareness – that’s how you know about them, and why you feel comfortable trusting them. Most good quality continence products on the market provide very similar levels of absorbency and will perform well functionally for you. Continence management products are expensive and finding a brand that does the same job but costs significantly less could end up saving you a fortune over time. So definitely shop around and try other brands where you can save money.

2. Sanitary Pads Will Do Fine


NO THEY WON'T !

These products are made for women to use when they are menstruating. They are made to absorb blood not urine and they will not provide the correct absorbency for incontinence. They will usually be smaller sized pads also so may not fit well and be able to handle a high-flow bladder void.

3. Wearing A Pad Inside A Pull Up


DON'T DO IT !

All incontinence pads (except booster pads) are designed to prevent urine soaking through them and out the other side. If people expect that the smaller pad they choose will work as a booster pad they will be disappointed because any overflow incontinence would have to be soaked by the smaller pad and then would need to flow around that pad to get into the bigger outside pad. This can cause leakage and also be very wasteful because the person is wearing 2 products when they probably only need one with better absorbency.

4. Wearing A Pad For Too Long


IT'S RISKY !

Some people think they need to use all the absorbency of the pads so leave them too long before changes. Although most disposable pads now have absorbent gel contained within them to allow for bigger absorbency (they swell when they become wet) and are designed to absorb away from the skin, wearing pads for too long can cause skin irritation and incontinence associated dermatitis. This is even more of a problem when there is some faecal incontinence. These pads can be very uncomfortable and the dermatitis can be very difficult to treat. It often involves skin barrier creams which can also prevent the pads from absorbing the urine they were designed for.

5. Buy The Highest Absorbency


YOU DON'T NEED TO !

Some people mistakenly think that bigger is better. They purchase bigger pads because they think that the increased absorbency will provide better protection. This is not necessarily true. Bigger and more absorbent pads lead to using them being used for longer and can lead to not changing when they should be changed or and wearing them too long. It is also wasteful and unnecessarily expensive.

6. Wearing Incontinence Pads Incorrectly


BE CAREFUL !

It's suprisingly common that people wear their pads inside out and don’t recognise the absorbent side should be against their skin. Some people don’t realise that some pads are upside down – perhaps there is a part which should be to the back or bottom of the pad when worn. They need to look at the pack to ensure they are being worn correctly.

7. Not Changing When Wet or Soiled


NOT A GREAT IDEA !

Wearing pads for longer than they should be can be the cause urinary tract infections for which the person will need to see their doctor. Most disposable pads also contain odour suppressants so when they are not changed when wet or soiled the pad cannot contain the odour and the wearer will start to ‘smell’. Unfortunately though, many people with incontinence are unaware of their odour so don’t associate the odour with their stale pads.

8. Using Toilet Paper or Towels


THAT'S BRAVE !

Using materials not designed for urine absorption will have a high chance of leakage. The superabsorpent polymer crystals in disposable continence management products can hold vastly more liquid than it's own weight and locks the liquid into a solid gel form so that squeezing the material doesn't cause the liquid to flow freely.

9. Cutting Up or Modifying Pads


IT DOESN'T WORK !

Some people think they can modify their disposable pads by cutting them to the size they think they need. These people often buy bigger pads and cut them into smaller ones. This will not be effective because the pulp and gel contained within the pad is likely to escape through the cuts and not provide sufficient absorbency or containment. Some people buy baby's disposable nappies because they are cheaper but this is also not a recommendation because they are smaller and made to fit a baby or small child not an adult.

10. Running Out of Product


POTENTIALLY EMBARRASSING !

This can cause embarrassment for the person needing the products. It can also cause distress through the need to get to a store quickly, only to find the store may not have suitable products within a suitable price range. Being able to purchase products on a regular basis over the internet or by phone is much more efficient and an effective way to avoid these problems.

Remember:

  • Incontinence should always be investigated to look for better ways of treating or managing it
     
  • Most suppliers of product will provide samples of their products so you can “try before you buy”

This is an article written by ConfidenceClub
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