Adult Diapers - A Brief Overview
It is a truth universally acknowledged that if a man in possession of a urinary bladder, ages or suffers certain diseases, he will be in need of a mechanism to manage his urine leakage. Even the Egyptians acknowledged this—the first mention of urine leakage goes back to 1550 BC where a Papyrus text recommends the use of external urine collection devices for men and vaginal inserts for women!
Fast forward to the 1800s—diapers became a commercial mandate for babies, especially with parents running off to factories and war. But when it comes to adults—especially seniors suffering from urine leakage—diapers are strangely scarce.
This is because somewhere between Nefertiti and WWII, urine became ‘impure’ and the body’s own urinary system failing became unsexy, weak or unmanly. How this happened it would not be fair to presume, but let us take you to 19611when shame or no shame NASA was forced to dabble in adult diapers or diaper pads for adults while launching astronaut Alan Shepherd into space.
Soon after, NASA started putting women into space, creating the first zip-up trunk prototype of adult diapers, followed by swanky ‘Maximum Absorbency Garments’ which were treated with sodium polyacrylate to absorb liquid.
These Maximum Absorbency Garments proved to be so effective, they soon inspired mass production back on Earth, with Pampers’ maker Procter & Gamble jumping into the fray. P&G thus launched their first ever Attends Incontinent Briefs in 1978, but failed to market the same.
The next attempt was by Huggies makers Kimberly-Clark. In 1983, they launched Depends along with TV ads, and soon adult diapers were in every hospital and several homes around the world.
How Adult Diapers Are Must-Haves for Bedridden Patients
Diaper pads for adults can make the lives of several users suffering from incontinence very easy. Incontinence or involuntary urine leakage is the sudden, or uncontrolled expulsion of urine. It can be caused due to:
Damage to the urinary bladder as a result of which the bladder fails to hold any urine.
Damage to the urethra, as a result of which the body is not able to correctly expel urine.
Pressure on the urinary bladder (especially common due to pregnancy and menopause).
Ageing, which loosens the muscles in the pelvic region causing the organs to sag, or stopping the bladder from opening/closing efficiently enough.
Damage to the nerves that control the urinary system resulting in delayed/hampered signalling for urination.
All of these can occur as symptoms of larger issues such as stroke, neurological disease, prostate issues, ageing, menopause, pregnancy, cancer, a tumour, injuries, or post surgery.
In some cases, the patient is left bed-ridden due to the condition they are suffering from. Since they cannot love, using the toilet becomes very difficult. If the patient is in the hospital they may be given a bedpan or a catheter. However, a bed pan may take time to arrive, and a catheter may be too invasive. The hospital may thus equip the patient with a diaper so that they can be comfortable, sleep at night and do not need to worry about constant leaks.
The Caregiver’s Guide to Change a Bedridden Patient’s Adult Diapers
Friends Premium Tape Style Diapers are made for bedridden patients. These are simple tape style diapers that can be slipped on with a little help from the caregiver, and minimal movement on the part of the patient.
STEP 1: Position the patient
Make the patient lie down on a bed on their back. Preferably make them lie on a flat surface. You can also use Friends Underpads which help make sure the process of changing does not cause any leaks or spills.
STEP 2: Position the Friends diaper for adults
Take the diaper out of the packet. The side with the plastic landing zone faces front. As the patient to turn on their side. Roll the diaper slightly, sideways and put it on the side they have turned away from.
STEP 3: Ault the Friends diaper for adults
Roll your care onto their other side. Now the rolled part of the diaper would be visible on the other side. Pull it out and flatten it with your hands.
STEP 4: Fasten the diaper
Once the diaper has been put in place, make your patient lie flat on their back again. Now put the diaper up from between the thighs. Fasten the tapes onto the landing zone.
STEP 5: Changing and throwing
When the diaper is full (the yellow colour wetness indicator will fade), remove the tapes and pull the diaper out much as we did while putting it on. As you remove elderly diapers, make sure to keep rolling them inwards so that liquid/solid waste is contained inside them. Dispose the diapers in a clean dry facility and wash your hands thoroughly.
Make sure to change elderly diapers every 6 hours even if the patient has not suffered a leak. Buy diapers that fit correctly to avoid spillage or leaks.
Why Choose Friend’s Adult Diapers
You can buy Friends Tape Style Adult Diaper online to help treat incontinence in bed ridden patients. These diapers are created to fulfill your every need and have the following features:
Super Absorbent - with an enhanced gel-layer which converts liquid into gel form immediately on contact, making sure the surface of the diaper remains dry.
Aloe vera treated - we at Friends understand how frustrating diaper rashes can be. Thus each of our products is super soft and aloe treated to make sure the user had the most comfortable experience possible.
Magic Grip Tape and Landing Zone - Friends Diapers include a magic tape that can be fastened and unfastened, allowing the diaper to be removed and worn again. This is a unique feature we developed so that users can adjust their diapers, or remove them if need be, instead of feeling pressured to throw them away entirely when removing briefly for a check up.
Leak proof - Friends Diapers are constructed with a water-repellant side-leg guard that deflects liquid and keeps it from trickling down the user’s thigh.
Wetness indicator - Friends Diapers are equipped with a yellow coloured strip that runs along its length. This strip changes colour and fades out when the diaper is full. This way the caregiver is not required to constantly check to see if the diaper is full, or risk leaving it on for too long resulting in leakage.
So, if your patient is suffering from urine leakage do not hesitate and buy Friends Diapers online today!