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The Do’s and Don’ts of Urinary Incontinence Treatment and Protection

Posted on the 20 December 2012 by Np23 @Nancy_JHS

Urinary incontinence can be frustrating, but with this simple guide, you can regain the confidence and life you once had:

  1. Don’t: Use regular soap and water for incontinence cleaning.
    Why: This can cause dryness and irritation for those with fragile skin.
  2. Do: Use disposable washcloths and rinse-free cleansers to prevent adult diaper rashes.

  3. Don’t: Wear an incontinence product that is too large or too small.
    Why: This can also lead to skin infections or diaper leakage.
  4. Do: Measure the waist, hips, and thighs, and take note that different brands have different sizing charts before selecting an incontinence product.

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  5. Don’t: Restrict fluids to treat incontinence.
    Why: A lack of fluids can lead to dehydration, which can cause constipation and worsen your incontinence symptoms.
  6. Do: Carry a water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day.

  7. Don’t: Use menstrual pads to protect against light bladder leakage.
    Why: Sanitary napkins are meant to absorb menstrual flow, not the rapid dispersion and acidity of urine.
  8. Do: Wear incontinence pads or male guards that are specially designed for light urinary incontinence.

  9. Don’t: Stay in a soiled incontinence product.
    Why: Long exposure to urine and fecal matter can lead to skin breakdown and painful pressure sores.
  10. Do: Change as soon as soiling occurs. If this is unavoidable, wear a more absorbent undergarment with moisture-wicking capabilities.

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