Choosing incontinence pads for night time can be a different process to choosing day time products. Night time products need the reliability, absorbency and stability to be effective through the night.
Leaking during the night is also known as Nocturnal Enuresis. As well as causing the worries of leaks and stains, bed wetting can also cause a lot of embarrassment and is often debilitating. Seniors who have Nocturnal Enuresis often feel ashamed and do not share their problem with others.
Things to Look for in Senior Night Pads
A night time pad should do the following:
Stay Secure During the Night
It is important that pads don’t move around during the night, as this can hinder their performance and cause urine to leak through. This is why shaped pads are not always the best option for night time use.
Provide High Absorbency
Pads for night time need to be more absorbent than day time pads, as they will be worn for longer periods of time without changes. Additionally, it is much nicer to have the full piece of mind that your pad is extra absorbent. A high absorbency pad will help you sleep better and prevent leakage.
Provide Optimum Comfort
Comfort is vital when choosing an overnight product. After all, the product will be worn for a long time. An adult diaper should be comfortable or pleasant on the skin. We therefore recommend trying a sample product if you or the person you are buying for has never tried the design.
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Do they Have Sensitive Skin?
Many products are free from latex or are designed to be hypoallergenic. The Lille Healthcare range, for example, is made up of 100% breathable and hypoallergenic material. You can read our guide to choosing sensitive skin products here.
Find out their Hip Size First
Most incontinence products provide a hip size measurement. Finding a product that fits snugly is vital, as this ensures it will not become loose or less effective.
Consider their Incontinence Severity
Night time pads are available in different levels, ranging from Normal to Maxi. If the individual has very heavy incontinence, they would benefit from a higher level such as Super or Maxi.
Ensure they Feel Comfortable Wearing the Design
Some seniors dislike trying designs that feel too bulky and may fidget with the product, so it is vital to talk to them beforehand about the product you are choosing. If it is a design they have never tried before or feel uncomfortable using, we recommend trying a sample product for them first.
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Don’t Neglect Skin Health
Skin health is highly important when it comes to incontinence care. When the skin is frequently affected by moisture and urine, this can cause irritation such as incontinence associated dermatitis. Factors contributing towards this include increase in skin PH, overhydration of the epidermis and skin inflammation. To prevent skin irritation and infection, ensure you purchase the correct cleansing products and wipes for the person you are caring for. Soap and water have been proven to further damage affected skin, so it is vital to use products designed for incontinent individuals. Barrier creams are especially useful, as they protect the skin, forming a physical barrier between the skin and other contaminants.