One incontinence pads can hold anywhere from less than one ounce to around two ounces of liquid. Some incontinence pads are better quality and will contain more liquid, while incontinence pads designed for infants may only hold a fraction of an ounce.
Do incontinence pads work the same way that diapers do?
Yes, incontinence pads are essentially condoms for incontinence. They are thin sheets made out of absorbent materials that collect any liquid in the area they cover. They then block this liquid from getting into clothing or other surfaces where it could cause damage, such as by leaking through to furniture during the night.
How does incontinence pad sizing work?
Incontinence pads are sized according to the length of the incontinence pad and its wings. Large adult incontinence pads may be as long as 52 inches, while infant incontinence pads tend to be as short as 21 inches. Incontinence pads also have wings that help them stay in place by wrapping around undergarments or pants. Standard incontinence pad widths range from 12-24 inches, but incontinent clothing brands make wider incontinent products if needed.
Do incontinence pads need any special care when washing them?
Most incontinent products are machine washable, although it is best to check instructions before doing this for the first time. The incontinence pad itself should be placed in a laundry bag or tied into knots before being put into the washing machine. A front-loading washer is best if incontinence pads are to be washed frequently, as these tend to spin incontinence pads more thoroughly.
Do incontinence products have expiration dates? If so, what are they?
Yes, incontinence pads do in fact expire with wear and tear. Because incontinence pads need to absorb liquids, the materials used in incontinence pads will eventually lose their ability to absorb urine after repeated exposure to liquid. Although most incontinent products can hold up against regular use for several months, these incontinence products should be replaced every few months to maintain incontinence protection.
When incontinence pads are reaching the end of their usage life, incontinence sufferers should be aware that incontinence pads lose strength in two primary ways: 1) incontinence pad leakage near the edges due to weakened absorption material and 2) incontinence pad tearing or breaking apart during use due to loss of elasticity from repeated exposure to liquid.
Are there alternatives for incontinence products?
Yes, incontinent products such as adult diapers and underwear with absorbent panels can function as a urinary incontinence alternative where incontinent pads would not work alone. These three solutions can be used individually or combined into a single method of preventing incontinence.
Do incontinence products prevent incontinence?
Incontinence pads and other incontinence products such as absorbent underwear or incontinent pants can be used to reduce incontinence, but they will not cure incontinence for those who have a permanent incontinence condition. Incontinence prevention requires sufficient intake of liquids and enough physical activity to stimulate bladder strength. While incontinent products do help reduce the strain on the urinary tract during periods of increased urinary urgency, incontinent products should not be considered an alternative to adequate hydration and physical activity.