Adult Diapers & Nappies
Adult diapers, frequently referred to as adult nappies, are ideal for bedridden or frequently immobile patients with moderate to heavy urinary incontinence, as you can quickly apply or remove them from patients. The best disposable diapers feature adjustable tabs to offer patients a proper and custom fit. By angling the tabs, you can cinch the brief around the thighs and waist of wearers, preventing leakage.
How to Choose the Best Nappy or Diaper
Choosing an adult diaper is as easy as determining what level of absorbency you need, the type of backsheet material you prefer, and the correct diaper size. Before selecting an incontinence product, you should determine whether an adult diaper or disposable underwear is the appropriate choice for you.
A wetness indicator a feature commonly shared by most diaper brands. In fact, once an adult diaper has been soiled, caregivers can easily ascertain when it is time to change a diaper. However, not everyone needs this kind of protection. If you an active adults who needs incontinence protection, protective underwear might be the better choice for your needs.
Features to Consider When Purchasing a Diaper or Nappy
- Absorption: Adult diapers are designed for a heavier flow than protective underwear are. It is considered the next step up in protection from reusable underwear, and many adult diaper brands can be used for complete fecal incontinence too. You can not, however, use protective underwear for fecal incontinence. Some adult diapers are more absorbent than others and they are rated on a scale of light, moderate, heavy and super. Briefs designed for night use are typically more absorbent than those designed for during the day.
- Wicking: is the act of drawing moisture away from the skin and trapping it deep within the absorbent core. Some brands feature enhanced wicking, which means that this action happens much faster, protecting skin integrity. A few brands with enhanced wicking are Wings Choice and Prevail Breezers.
- Backsheet Material: is the material that lines the outside of the brief. There are a few different styles to choose from. A plastic backed adult diaper is designed to prevent fluid strike-through and is more common in an overnight brief. Plastic backed briefs can be less breathable than cloth-like, so you may see them with breathable sides. Cloth-like disposable briefs are designed to look and feel more like regular underwear. Cloth-like backing is typically more comfortable but can be less effective at preventing fluid strike-through when the diaper is overfilled than plastic back briefs. Some briefs also have wetness indicators on the backsheets for caregivers.
- Size: is an important factor because if the brief is too large or too small it will not work effectively. If the brief is the correct size, you should be able to fit a palm between the two tabs in the front. If small briefs are too large, try our youth briefs. If the x-large is too small, try our bariatric briefs.