Adult Diapers and Briefs

How to Choose an Adult Diaper

Adult diapers and briefs differ from protective underwear in that most styles of adult diapers have tear-open tabs on the sides for ease of removal and cleanup; the tabs also allow for cinching around the waist and thighs for a more custom fit. Adult diapers are ideal for bedridden or immobile patients who struggle with moderate-to-heavy incontinence.

Many diaper brands also feature a wetness indicator so that it’s easy for caregivers to tell when it needs to be changed. Not all individuals with incontinence need this feature, so be sure to ask your doctor or nurse which features are most important for you when selecting adult diapers.

Features in Adult Diapers

Adult diapers include most of the same comfort and leak protection as protective underwear, but because adult diapers are designed for maximum absorption, these features provide more advanced leak prevention support.

Absorption: Adult diapers are a step up from reusable underwear in terms of absorbency, and they’re designed for a heavier flow than protective underwear, pads, or guards. Adult diapers come in light, moderate, heavy, and super absorbency, so you and your caregiver can select the type that’s best based on your urinary incontinence level.

Wicking: As with protective underwear, adult diapers having a wicking feature to draw moisture away from your skin, making diapers more comfortable to wear. Adult diapers feature advanced wicking, which means the moisture is locked away faster to keep your skin from becoming uncomfortable. Check out Wings Choice and Prevail Breezers if you’re looking for a diaper with enhanced wicking.

Backsheet Material: This is the material lining the outside of the diaper. If you’re looking for the best protection against overnight urinary leaks, a plastic-backed adult diaper provides advanced protection. Plastic-backed adult diapers are less breathable, so many brands feature cloth-like, breathable sides to keep your body comfortable. Cloth-like backing is more comfortable for individuals who don’t need a high degree of leak protection; plastic backing is the best option for those who have a high volume of urine or are prone to leaks.

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