Teenagers With Bedwetting Problem - How to Fix It


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Teenagers With Bedwetting Problem - How to Fix It

  1. 1. ==== ====For Great Quality Diapers Products and Tips Check Out This Sitewww.quality-diapers.com==== ====This article discusses information about cloth diapers for bed-wetting, specifically pin-on diapers.As mentioned in another article, many people consider pin-on diapers to be the best type ofreusable diaper to use for bed-wetting because most of them provide the best absorbency fornighttime incontinence. In general they seem to be more absorbent than alternatives such as pull-on cloth diapers. Also the pin type closures are supposed to have certain advantages over othertypes of diaper closures.For example Ive read that alternative diaper fasteners such as Velcro can wear out and the snapson snap-on diapers can break. Some people find that snap-on diapers and Velcro diapers aremore convenient to use for daytime use when multiple changes might be required although somepeople use pin-on diapers during the day also. If you have an older child, adolescent, or teenagerthat wets the bed you might want to consider using pin-on diapers covered by plastic pants. Avaluable source for information about diapers and waterproof pants is "The New Diaper Primer"which is published on the incontinentsupport.org website. What makes this source particularlyvaluable is that it is written by someone who suffers from incontinence. The section on pin-ondiapers is particularly valuable for any parent who is thinking about using these diapers to managetheir child or teenagers bed-wetting. This is a guide which talks about how to fold pin-on diapersto get the most effective protection from the diapers and avoid leaks, the different types of clothdiapers available, how to launder cloth diapers among other topics.One of the key points to consider when wearing cloth diapers is wearing multiple diaper layers.This coupled with proper pinning techniques is supposed to provide the best protection forproblems such as bed-wetting. Additionally, most pull-on diapers do not offer adequate protectionfor bed-wetting. This is something that parents need to keep in mind if they decide to purchasereusable products to manage their youngsters bed-wetting. Adults with bed-wetting problemsshould also keep this point in mind. The main reason for the introduction of products such as pull-on diapers is the stigma associated with wearing diapers. Furthermore the label "pull-on diapers"is a misnomer as many products labeled "pull-on diapers" are not really diapers at all but extrathick underwear. One person said that the products that are labeled pull-on diapers are basicallytraining pants which generally dont have the absorbency required to deal with heavy incontinencesuch as bed-wetting. As far as increasing absorbency of diapers, another method to consider isadding liners to diapers. One person on an incontinence forum who wore adult cloth diapers tobed said that he used the Gerber brand baby cloth diapers as a liner or "booster pad" for the adultcloth diapers. Gerber cloth diapers can be found at stores such as Target and Walmart in theinfants section of the store. In addition you can purchase other diapering supplies at these storessuch as diaper pins(known as safety pins), baby wipes, powder, and diaper rash ointment such asDesitin, Balmex, A&D ointment, in addition to other items. This would be a good time to talk aboutskin care. There have been a number of articles pointing out the importance of having a good skincare regimen when incontinent. Although wearing diapers do a good job of protecting both the
  2. 2. person and bed they can also cause skin problems if you dont clean the skin carefully afterwaking up and changing out of the diaper.The Health Central Network has an article called "Skin care and incontinence" which talks aboutthe various products out there designed to minimize or prevent the occurrence of skin problemsresulting from incontinence including moisturizing creams, skin cleansers such as aerosol sprays,foams, and wet wipes, as well as skin sealants and moisture barriers including creams andointments. Additional sources of information about how to maintain healthy skin when incontinentinclude wocn nurses (known as wound, ostomy, and continence nurses), urologists, your primarycare physician, and your pharmacist. All of these individuals might also have suggestionsregarding this issue. There are also a couple of organizations that you can contact-The SimonFoundation for Continence and the National Association for Continence. These organizationsmight be able to provide you with information about proper skin care when wearing incontinencegarments such as websites, articles, and other sources. Finally incontinence forums could be anespecially good source of information on this topic because these people have first handexperience dealing with incontinence and are well aware of the skin problems that can result fromwearing incontinence garments and how best to deal with these problems. Some companies thatcarry skin care products for incontinence include Continence Connection, National Incontinence,and HDIS(Home Delivery Incontinence Supplies).Right now Id like to talk briefly about both getting a proper fit with cloth diapers and howcomfortable the diapers are. The author of the New Diaper Primer in his discussion on clothdiapers says that the size and weight of the diapers are important factors in both how well thediapers fit and how comfortable the diapers are.Another key point mentioned about cloth diapers is their wicking ability. The technical term forwicking is capillary action. This guide mentions two aspects of diapers that are important-absorbency and wicking. This is how wicking is defined- "Wicking is the ability of cotton(and someother fabrics) to pass liquid along from "particle" to "particle" " and Wikipedia defines capillaryaction in this manner- "Wicking is to absorb something and then drain like a wick. Paper towelsabsorb liquid through capillary action, allowing a fluid to be transferred from a surface to the towel.The small pores of a sponge act as small capillaries, causing it to absorb a comparatively largeamount of fluid. Some modern sport and exercise fabrics use capillary action to "wick" away sweatfrom the skin. These are often referred to as wicking fabrics, after the capillary properties of acandle and lamp wicks." Basically wicking allows multiple wetting of the diaper by dispersing liquidthroughout the diaper.The following analogy describes how wicking works: "Picture, if you will, adding multipletablespoons of water to the face cloth. As you dump a second or third spoonful, note how thecenter gets saturated but then recovers over time (as wicking transfers the liquid to dryer parts).When you add the next one, you see the saturation occurs again, just in the center where youadded the water and then wicks into the rest of the face cloth as time passes. That momentarilysaturated central spot becomes un-saturated after time. Wicking occurs and the particles havetransferred liquid to other, outlying particles. " Basically wicking allows time for the diaper todisperse or transfer liquid throughout the diaper allowing it time to dry, which in turn makes thediaper capable of absorbing more liquid later if the person wets again. Cloth diapers have superiorwicking abilities which makes them a good choice for heavy incontinence such as bed-wettingbecause of their ability to handle multiple wettings. As I have mentioned, some bed-wetters wet
  3. 3. multiple times during the night and the pin-on diapers seem like theyd be more effective inregards to protecting the youngster if they do wet more than once at night. This will enable thechild or teenager to get a better nights sleep because they wont have to get up throughout thenight to change themselves if they use reusable pull-on garments instead of pin-on diapers.There are several different types of fabrics that cloth diapers can be made of. These fabrics arebirds-eye, terry cloth, flannel, and gauze. The author of the Diaper Primer thinks highly of gauzediapers. Both Adultclothdiaper.com and Angel Fluff sell gauze diapers. According to theAdultclothdiaper.com website one of the advantages of gauze diapers is that they allow air tocirculate very well which helps to reduce the likelihood of diaper rash. Additionally, theyre realabsorbent and are very comfortable to wear in hot weather. There are also different styles of pin-on diapers-prefold, flat, and contour. Contour diapers can have elastic in the waist and and legopenings and are usually more expensive than flat diapers. Flat diapers are not used muchanymore and the only place that sells flat diapers near the U. S. is a company based in Canadacalled Bear Bottom. Prefold diapers have a soaker strip in the center of the diaper. Prefolds arethe most popular style of adult cloth diapers. For a more in depth discussion about the differentstyles of cloth diapers see chapter 7 of the New Diaper Primer. This chapter is called "DiaperTypes" and talks about the different types of cloth diapers and the different kinds of fabrics clothdiapers can be made of. As mentioned at the start of this article the web address for thisinformation is http://www.incontinentsupport.org.One of the things that must be stressed is that picking an incontinence product is very subjective.In some cases there is a great deal of trial and error involved in picking a product that will bestmeet your needs. The factors involved in making this decision include the type and level ofincontinence, whether your incontinence occurs during the day, night, or both, whether or not youwant(or have) the time to wash diapers and plastic pants, etc. That is one of the reasons peopleprefer disposables-for the convenience they offer. If finances permit you might consider trying bothdisposable tape-on diapers and pin-on diapers and plastic pants to manage your youngsters bed-wetting. By trying both kinds youll be able to determine what works best for you. Many people useboth kinds of diapers. Some individuals alternate using different types of diapers-on some nightsthey wear pin-on diapers covered with plastic pants and other nights they wear disposable diapersto bed. There are also cases where people wear cloth diapers and plastic pants only during certaintimes of the year.For example some people use the pin-on diapers and plastic pants to manage their bed-wettingduring the cooler seasons such as fall, spring, and winter, whereas during the summer monthsthey switch to tape-on style diapers(also known as disposable briefs) In addition some people withboth day and night incontinence wear disposables during the day and pin-on diapers at night. Itsgood to be flexible and open-minded. That being said, some people might be inclined to stick withcloth diapers because of the savings and what many people consider to be the environmentaladvantages of cloth diapers. An advantage I see of using both disposable diapers and pin-ondiapers is that youre washing the diapers and plastic pants less which means that theoreticallythey should last longer. Cloth diapers do wear out over time. If you do decide to use both styles ofdiapers you can have the child or teenager wear the pin-on diapers and plastic pants for fournights and the disposable diapers for three nights (or vice versa) Ultimately parents have to decidefor themselves whether or not to use both kinds of diapers for their bed-wetting child or teen.Some of the factors that need to be considered when making this decision include your budget(doyou want to spend the extra money for disposable diapers or do you want to save money by just
  4. 4. using cloth diapers) and if the child or teenager feels uncomfortable wearing the pin-on diaperscovered with plastic pants during the spring and summer months when the weather is real hot. . Ifthis is the case, you should consider switching to disposable diapers during this time. Just likesome parents use both cloth and disposable diapers for their babies, it might be a good idea toconsider using both kinds.A good way to get information about incontinence products is to go to incontinence forums andask questions about various forms of protection. As far as pin-on diapers are concerned, thereseem to be certain advantages over pull-on cloth diapers for bed-wetting. One person who usedboth pin-on diapers and reusable pull-on diapers said that the pull-on diapers wear out faster thanthe pin-on diapers. Another person mentioned that its easier to put additional layers of material ina pin-on diaper to increase the absorbency of the diaper. With a pull-on diaper you can put extramaterial in the diaper to make it more absorbent, but if you move around a lot at night theres thepossibility of the extra material in the pull-up shifting around and bunching up which can beuncomfortable in addition to causing leaks. This person also mentioned a few other advantagesthat pin-on diapers have over pull-on diapers, particularly for heavy incontinence such as bed-wetting. One is that the pin-on diapers have a more snug fit which is an advantage if you movearound a lot at night. Also diapers that have a more snug fit are more effective at preventing leaks.Second, the elastic waist bands on pull-on diapers are not adequate to hold the pants up whenthey get wet. When pull-on diapers get wet, the pants have a tendency to get heavy and theelastic waist band will not be able to hold the pants up. Third, the pin-on diapers are generally ofhigher quality than the pull-ups. This, combined with the fact that its easier to manage layering ina pin-on diaper, results in a thicker diaper that is more snug and offers better protection at night.The other disadvantage of pull-on diapers which was mentioned in an article on diaper types wasthat in general pull-on diapers arent absorbent enough to handle multiple wettings becausetheyre not thick enough. If you wet all night while you sleep the pull-on type diapers will not beabsorbent enough to deal with this type of problem. One article has this to say regarding pull-oncloth diapers -"Most are typically a thick pair of underpants with a soaker strip sewn in the crotch,which in some cases doesnt even extend from waist to waist. We wish to emphasize that the thepull-on is not a "full fledged diaper". "Another point Id like to mention regarding using cloth diapers to manage bed-wetting. If you dodecide to use pin-on diapers keep in mind you must use waterproof pants to cover the diapers.The most widely used type of waterproof pants are plastic pants. Plastic pants such as the Gary,Suprima, and Comco brands have excellent reputations. Plastic pants have many advantagesover other styles of waterproof pants including comfort, durability, and cost.Some companies that sell pin-on cloth diapers for both youth and adults include Loving ComfortDiaper Company, Angel Fluff Diaper Company, Babykins (also known as KINS which stands forKinder Incontinence Supplies), and Adultclothdiaper.com (also known as All Together Enterprises)I was on the Loving Comfort Diaper Company website and they mention that they can customdesign diapers to meet specific needs(for instance if you have a child or teenager that wont fit intostandard size diapers or if you need diapers with a particular level of absorbency they can designdiapers that meet those needs). I read on an incontinence forum that Loving Comfort might havegone out of business. If you consider purchasing pin-on diapers from this company I would try tocontact them to make sure.
  5. 5. Whatever you do dont get discouraged if it takes you a while to find a suitable product to manageyour child or teenagers bed-wetting. Theres a lot of high quality products out there to deal withbed-wetting and other incontinence problems. As with everything else in life its good to be wellinformed. This includes reading as much as you can and asking questions. With perseveranceyoull be able to find a product that will make your older child or teen feel confident and secure.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Colin_Ellison==== ====For Great Quality Diapers Products and Tips Check Out This Sitewww.quality-diapers.com==== ====