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Measuring for Pull On Incontinence Briefs with Elastic Waists

by Barbara 10. April 2011 11:42

Question about Protection Plus Briefs Overnight L 40-56 In 64/c

Q: "My mother needs something more than the absorbent urinary incontinence pads, especially at night. Is this the correct size of disposable overnight bladder incontinence product for her? I don't know what to measure. Thanks. Gail.

Answer: Medline, the manufacturer, gives this as a measuring guide for the pull up disposable brief. Note: For Sizing, measure hip bone to hipbone over the abdomen. Double the longest measurement. Add 2 inches. When in doubt, purchase the larger size. Example. Hipbone to Hipbone=21 inches. 2x21=42 plus 2=44 inches. So this person would need a size large which is what you chose.

This is the entire catalog for the Medline urinary incontinence products: Medline Incontinence Catalog.

This is in a pdf format so you would need to download the Adobe Acrrobat reader, which is free.

Thank you for your question.



Choosing Urinary Incontinence Mattress Protectors or Disposable Underpads

by Barbara 24. October 2010 06:50

Question about choosing between Protection Plus Polymer Underpad Deluxe 23X36,75/csProtection Plus Polymer Underpad 23x36,100/csProtectionPlus Fluff-Fill Underpad Economy 23x36 150/CS,and  Ultrasorbs Air Permeable Disposable DryPads, 70  

Q: " I need to buy incontinence mattress protection underpads for my son who is a bed wetter. Despite the pull-ups, urine usually leaks through and the whole bed needs changed most days. I looked at the products above and am confused as to the differences. Which would you suggest? Thanks. Susan"

Answer: These are all pads that are 36 inches by either 23 inches or 24 inches. For an older child, I would recommend a larger pad as children tend to move around more at night.

The main differences between the pads are in absorbency and comfort: some of these incontinence supplies feature extra absorbent material, some have non-slip type backs, some are more air permeable, etc.. If your son is wearing pull-ups and empties his bladder prior to going to bed, he may not need the protection offered by the ultra absorbent underpads. However, the more expensive underpads are also more comfortable because they made of "breathable" materials so are less likely to be uncomfortable when wet.

There are larger pads that have wings that tuck in so a person active during sleep is less likely to move the pad.  For example, the Protection Plus Polymer Underpad 28x36,35/cs.

Another choice is a larger pad, one that is air permeable for sleeping comfort and is 31 inches by 36 inches. An example is the Ultrasorbs Air Permeable Disposable DryPad 31x36"40.bx 

For babies, what we recommend instead is the Crib Mattress Cover Rest-Guard Waterproof 6 In.. You can buy several and use them as fitted crib sheets since they are very comfortable for babies to sleep on. 

For older children in twin beds or in larger beds, you could also use the twin sized or larger waterproof mattress covers that are cotton with polyurethane backing as the bottom sheet. These cost no more than a decent quality bottom sheet. Using these as a bottom sheet would save your mattress and mattress pad from wetness and not have your child feel different because of the underpad use.

Please send more detail and I'll be able to help you more. Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

Adult Urinary Incontinence Underwear Types, Pull On and Incontinent Briefs

by Barbara 23. October 2010 14:54

Question about various choices among incontinent disposable briefs ex. Classic Plus Incontinent Briefs, M/L 27-56" White,120/CSProtection Plus Contour Brief LGE BLUE45"-58",72/Cs  Incontinent Brief, Air Active, LGE, 47-59 In, 90/CS and Molicare MED/LGE Purple Super Plus Briefs, 27"-56" (56)

Q: "Dad is having urinary incontinence problems. It is time for us to buy some type of incontinent brief. He's embarrassed by urine leakage especially when he wets the bed at night. What products do you suggest? There are so many. Thanks. Jill.

Answer: Jill, thanks for your question. What you left out was your father's degree of independence and mobility. The disposable briefs noted above vary from pull-on briefs to those with multiple tapes, some tapes being able to be re-used. If your father is bedridden, the taped incontinent briefs are the better choice.

For sizing, Medline gives these recommendations. Measure hip bone to hipbone over the abdomen. Double the longest measurement. Add 2 inches. When in doubt, purchase the larger size. Example. Hipbone to Hipbone=13 inches. 2x13=26 plus 2=28 inches. So this person would need a size medium..

Here is some information about the briefs listed above:

  1. Classic Plus Incontinent Briefs, M/L 27-56" White,120/CS : This is a case of 120 white disposable briefs. These are made for persons with heavy urinary incontinence Molicare Classic Plus incontinent briefs use an odor-neutralizing absorbent core and comfort stretch backing plus anti-leak cuffs. There are dual tapes for easier refastening. 3-part absorbent core gives dryness. Profile design for dignity and comfort.
  2. Protection Plus Contour Brief LGE BLUE45"-58",72/Cs:  Protection Plus Disposable Protective Underwear have elastic leg bands, stretch at front and back and are relatively easy to pull on. This is a contoured incontinent brief with extended capacity for overnight use for those who experience heavy wetting. 
  3. Incontinent Brief, Air Active, LGE, 47-59 In, 90/CS: This waterproof brief is breathable with large leg openings for accurate sizing and comfort. The 3 part core with Curly Fiber helps maintain skin neutral pH for superior dryness, odor control and skin care. Anti-leak leg cuffs. Stretchable and re-fastenable comfort-fit 2-piece tape system for better fit and comfort.
  4. Molicare MED/LGE Purple Super Plus Briefs, 27"-56" (56): Medline Molicare Super Plus Extended Capacity Briefs in medium to large size are overnight protection incontinent briefs. Padded panels plus stretch poly maximize comfort and patient mobility. Secure 3-part absorbent core neutralizes odor. Anti-leak cuffs for containment.
So, please consider how able your dad is to pull up briefs or whether he needs to have a brief that is actually more like a disposable diaper with tabs to connect after he places the center of the diaper between his legs. Also consider two other purchases if he lives at home or in assisted living. These are Protection Plus Polymer-Filled Underpads 30 x 36 and a waterproof mattress cover in case there is a leak.  The waterproof cover I recommend is the cotton onto polyurethane one by Rest-Guard. It is machine washable and dryable and very comfortable, cool in summer and warmer in winter.

Contact us if you have any questions. 

Thanks again.